IMX472-AAJK: new high performance Sony sensor

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There are different types of catalogs for products. We are usually used to commercial ones such as Amazon sites but there are also offers on an industrial level. For those looking for preview news it is worth probing what is proposed on an industrial level as sooner or later it will become a commercial product.

Someone has bothered to check the new sensors put into production by Sony, reading the specifications of the White Papers, documents that list the deep technical characteristics. They are information for insiders and who contribute to the design of the hardware sold.

The IMX472-AAJK sensor shoots 5.7K video at 120/158 FPS.

A new sensor has popped up on the lists and impresses with its stellar performance. It is a type of sensor “backlit“A common but misleading definition; it actually describes a manufacturing method where the photodiodes are placed closer to the sensor surface. This result is obtained, in very strong synthesis, by reversing the construction order of the sensor itself. Then someone came up with the idea of ​​rendering this whole concept with the description “backlit”.

Returning to Sony and yours new IMX472-AAJK sensor we discover that it is intended for the micro 4/3 sector; in this field we are waiting for a big news from another brand, Panasonic. And by putting two and two together, you immediately realize that the novelties of this sensor are very close to the expectations of the future Lumix GH6.

The resolution is 20.89 megapixels, equal to 5280 × 3956 pixels. It’s an optimal resolution for 5.7K video shooting, one of the few leaked specs for the Lumix GH6. In 4K footage (resampled from 5.7K) there are very high framerates based on the color depth in use. If the footage is 12-bit it is referred to as 120 FPS while it goes up to 158 FPS if the color depth is 10-bit.

White Paper IMX472-AAJK Extract from the IMX472-AAJK sensor white paper.

We are therefore waiting to find out on which commercial camera we can find this sensor; the assumptions are all directed towards the future Panasonic Lumix GH6.