Could the Sony A6700 get a break-through new sensor technology?
Sony has been listening to the feedback surrounding the A6300 and A6500, which had quite a severe rolling shutter (30ms+) in 4K. The good news is, Sony have just announced a new high resolution 31MP (over 6K) APS-C / Super 35mm sensor with a global shutter.
Although we don’t know for sure what camera the sensor will end-up in, this chip technology is going to be very useful for Sony.
The reason I think this is destined for a the rumoured Sony A6700 (at Sony Alpha Rumors here) high-end APS-C camera is that 31MP is unnecessary for a dedicated pro cinema camera like the Sony FS5. Unless it is going to shoot 6K, which isn’t really any kind of video standard. The video standard after 4K is 8K.
The sensor (IMX342LLA/LQA) is listed at Sony here and third parties can buy it off the shelf for their own devices.
- Pixel count: 6464 (H) × 4852 (V)
- Pixel size: 3.45 μm (H) × 3.45 μm (V)
- Readout speed (all-pixel scan mode)
- 8 bit 35.4 fps
- 10 bit: 35.4 fps
- 12 bit: 25.8 fps
The sensor line is named Pregius. “Sony Pregius is a global shutter pixel technology for active pixel-type CMOS image sensors that use Sony’s low-noise CCD structure, and realizes high picture quality”