Will the Sony Honami camera be less epic than we thought?

by: Kristofer WoukJuly 15, 2013

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The Sony Honami is looking pretty impressive in a lot of ways, but its camera is drawing the majority of the attention. And why not? 20 MP with 4k video recording? Most of us don’t have displays good enough to actually show all those pixels yet. That said, it’s possible, though we don’t know how likely, that the Honami’s camera might not quite be all it was cracked up to be.

Originally, rumors spread that the Honami’s image sensor was going to have an impressive 1/1.6-inch sensor. According to a rumored insider information and yet-to-be-confirmed EXIF data, the Honami may only have a 1/2.3-inch sensor.

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If you’re wondering what this means or why it matters, don’t worry, you’re probably not alone. Here’s how it works: the larger a camera’s sensor is, the more light it can capture. Have you ever shot a photo at night without the flash and noticed how grainy and noisy it looks? That’s the image sensor’s fault. So basically, the larger the sensor, the better the photos, especially in low-light settings.

There are a lot of different things that could be going on here. First, it’s possible that Sony was never actually considering a 1/1.6-inch sensor. Second, maybe the company had a good reason to cut back. Third, maybe this is yet another rumor.

What do you think the final specs for the Honami will be? How much does the quality of the camera matter to you in a phone?

  • or maybe that 1/2.3-inch sensor is for the other rumored phone honami mini?

    • najiy91

      good prediction(“,)

  • Juan S

    I believe the Honami’s sensor nust be as good as the rumor, firstly because we are entering an age of the camaera phones, more and more phones are really depending on the quality of the camera to actually convince consumers they have at least one better and practical use than other competing phones. Secondly, Sony has to be able to develop their technology and prove itself a worthy opponent in todays tech. arena against other leading smartphone developers.

  • Drizzle

    I hope it isn’t less epic. That 1080 NEEDS a rival lol. Crazy good quality photos and SONY can take this opportunity to prove it won’t be outdone (at least not by much). Plus, I’d buy! Windows is too dull for my taste.

  • Stylinred

    I’m hoping the Camera will have a larger sensor, larger than 1/1.2″ because Im looking for a successor to my Nokia 808 Pureview and I’m hoping that will be an Android device because coming from Symbian, Android is the closest OS to it.
    The new Nokia Lumia 1020 doesn’t even have a sensor as large as the 808 pureview and the promo shots don’t look as good as what the 808 pureview can do so I’m left waiting for something to upgrade to :/

  • Nanda Linn Aung

    1/2.3 is basic point and shoot sensor, it’s a big upgrade. if taken property, 1/2.3 is not so bad. but of course, you need a space as well. But i don’t understand the idea of taking photos with phone? Sony has excellent cameras phones. They will only get better. but i won’t buy a good camera phone because its camera is good when full frame cameras are now cheap and everyone uses micro 4/3 nowadays for compact systems.

    • Stylinred

      for me i dont like carrying a lot of things i like my all-in-one device and i would prefer it to be as good as it can be
      same reason most people dont use a separate gps device anymore they use their phones instead

  • Jason Bailey

    It doesn’t have to compete directly with the Lumia 1020. Very few people are going to jump ship from android to Windows phone. I just has to offer the best camera available on android in a compact package with a top notch set of components.. I’m not even counting the S4 Zoom which you can’t really count as an everyday phone.

  • James Johnson

    1:1.6? That’s suspiciously close to the much vaunted “Golden Ratio!”