New Sony Sensor with Phase Detection on Every Single Pixel?

by Hugh Brownstone1 Comment

In the first in a new series we just titled “So This is What Innovation Looks Like, for Realz,” we see another Sony sensor patent.

We don’t know anything beyond the short post below, but we can imagine the value of a sensor in which every single pixel has its own phase detection capacity. I’m guessing that – among other things — it would make autofocusing non-native brand lenses surer and faster.

If true, it’s another arrow in Sony’s quiver (the other being 5-axis in-body image stabilization) to ease migration from DSLRs to mirrorless: the decision to sell off a body and replace it with something new is usually much less traumatic than having to ditch one’s entire set of glass.

And much less expensive.

Sony’s new Dual layer sensor has phase detection pixels on the full area.

Sony’s new Dual layer sensor - Phase Detection

Via Sony Alpha Rumors:

Sony patented a new sensor having two layers. It has one classic RGB pixel layer on top and one phase detection pixel layer below. This means that the phase detection works on every single R or G or B pixel and covers the full sensor area. Quite amazing! Let’s hope this one will be implemented on a real camera n the near future.

Read this article at Sony Alpha Rumors “Sony’s new Dual layer sensor has phase detection pixels on the full area”

Source: Egami

Hugh is the author of Apple’s iPhone: The Next Video Revolution. Follow him on Twitter (@hughbrownstone) or write to him at [email protected]

(cover photo credit: snap from Sony Alpha Rumors)


  1. So… how would you use it???
    I mean… autofocus decisions made by a camera are usually pretty good, and it lets the sensor do impressive follow-focus stuff… but if you’re the kind of person doing manual focus control for creative reasons, this isn’t exactly the kind of thing you want to see being adopted as the new paradigm… Hopefully they can figure out a good way to give us control of focal regions or depth planes or something.

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