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

July 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?

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