Size does make a difference – especially when it comes to camera sensors. But how big is a 1-inch camera sensor anyway? Apparently very large.
Judging by the official side-by-side comparison posted by Xiaomi, the new Sony IMX989 camera sensor is smaller than the one on the iPhone 13 Pro Max – a smartphone known for excellent image quality.
The massive sensor makes its debut with the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, the most premium offering in Xiaomi’s 12s range. The latter will officially launch on July 4, with reservations already underway on JD.com, a popular Chinese tech retailer.
The focal point (pun intended) of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra will undoubtedly be its impressive camera module. Not only will it use the aforementioned Sony sensor, but it will also feature Leica’s world-class camera technology. The Chinese tech giant promises to deliver a “new height of mobile imaging flagship” with the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, according to GSM Arena†
The increased surface area offered by the size of the Sony IMX989 camera sensor has some crucial implications. It allows the camera to capture more detail and more light (which by extension results in better low-light performance), and it also reduces the levels of image noise.
Therefore, a larger sensor usually translates into superior image quality. It should be noted that other factors also play a role in determining the final result of the shot – especially the image processing software.
In any case, mobile photography enthusiasts will be delighted with this new increase in camera sensor size that Sony and Xiaomi are bringing to the fore. A worldwide release of the Xiaomi 12S Ultra is unfortunately not in the offing for the time being. It is very likely that Xiaomi will restrict the entire 12S to just the Chinese market.