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Sony unveils new 50MP LYTIA mobile device image sensors

Sony LYTIA is taking off. (Source: Sony)
Sony LYTIA is taking off. (Source: Sony)
Sony has released details on each of its latest CMOS image sensors for devices such as smartphones. They are all under the OEM's new LYTIA brand, and are also of the "most versatile" 50MP resolution. The new LYTx00 series range from sensors intended for selfie cameras to a premium 1-inch flagship for main rear cameras.

Smartphone camera enthusiasts are normally encouraged to look for the Sony IMX name in pin-pointing some of the best and most advanced sensors out there - however, it is now apparent that the same OEM would prefer they look to the new LYTIA brand instead. Now, it has been "expanded" with a new series that promises to bring "diverse shooting scenes and purposes" to more mobile device users than ever.

It also seems Sony's Semiconductor Solutions division also wants to democratize the popular ~50MP resolution even more with this new line-up. Even its entry-level variant, the LYT500, has this spec, despite being a relatively tiny 1/2.93-inch sensor with 0.6 micron (or µm) pixels.

Oddly, Sony has yet to clarify whether they and their future LYTIA siblings are to replace the familiar IMX branding outright. Nevertheless, some of the newer sensors overlap or supersede even the newest examples of their possible predecessors, such as the 1/1.56-inch, HDR-capable LYT700, or the "premium" 1/1.43-inch LYT800: the first imaging CMOS to support a "2-layer transistor pixel structure, enabling excellent saturation signal level".

They are led by their flagship LYT900 sibling: LYTIA's new 1-inch (1/0.98 inches) sensor for "superb tonal expressions". Accordingly, it might be unveiled as part of successors to devices such as the Xiaomi 13 Ultra and OPPO Find X6 Pro soon.

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Sony outlines its new LYTIA sensors in full. (Source: Sony)
Sony outlines its new LYTIA sensors in full. (Source: Sony)


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2023-06-16 (Update: 2023-06-16)