Xiaomi to bring better camera performance to the mid-range courtesy of a new 50 MP camera of choice
Xiaomi was at the forefront of the megapixel wars a few years ago. While some of the best camera smartphones in the world are equipped with unimpressive-sounding 12 MP cameras, the company has mostly utilized large megapixel cameras, and it appears a new such sensor will be Xiaomi's sensor of choice for some time to come.
According to tipster Digital Chat Station, Xiaomi is set to adopt a 50 MP sensor as its poster boy. The leaker doesn't quite seem to be sure which sensor it will be, but name-drops the IMX766. That makes sense as the IMX766 is slowly starting to see plenty of use. The sensor finds its most famous implementation behind the ultra-wide-angle lens of the OnePlus 9 Pro, and has now made it across as the OnePlus Nord 2's main camera. It's also found use on phones from Vivo, Honor, and iQOO.
This 50 MP 1/1.5-inch camera will dethrone Sony's 64 MP IMX686 as Xiaomi's CMOS sensor of choice. Indeed, it is an upgrade, as it offers both a larger sensor size and pixel size. We expect a better pixel-binning pipeline too. If this report is anything to go by, we'll likely see this 50 MP used across a variety of mid-range and sub-premium phones from Xiaomi over the course of the next year. The new Redmi 10 may have been the first. Better cameras in affordable phones—what's not to like?
#DigitalChatStation— Digital Chat Station (@chat_station) August 28, 2021
I don’t know if it’s IMX766. Anyway, the grain factory also got a new sensor parameter of 50mp 1/1.5" 1μm. It seems that this is a new public version sensor that bans IMX686.