Alleged Sony i1 images show 20MP resolution, G Lens branding – but what’s a G Lens?

by: Bogdan PetrovanAugust 1, 2013

Sony i1 Honami (1)

After the moderately successful Xperia Z and the flamboyant Xperia Z Ultra, Sony is widely expected to release its next flagship, the i1/Honami, in early September. Various leaks and rumors paint the picture of an attractive high-end hero device, but the i1’s claim to glory will definitely be its camera.

We’ve heard several reports about the i1’s camera resolution of 20MP and a recent set of allegedly leaked images seem to confirm the speculation. Take them with a grain of salt, as they briefly surfaced on a Vietnamese Facebook fan page, so their veracity is unclear. As you can see for yourself in the image on top, the i1 should feature a top resolution of 5248 x 3936, or 20MP in 4:3 format. Rather curiously, the next available format is 8MP in 4:3 and 16:9 formats. Keep in mind that this is supposedly a prototype, so production software may differ.

The second interesting image shows the relatively small lens and an LED flash, which once again refutes rumors of the Sony i1 coming with a Xenon flash. Next to the camera, we can spot the G Lens branding and what appears to be a placeholder for the actual camera resolution. Placing such placeholders on prototypes is a common practice in the industry.

Sony i1 Honami (2)

So, what does G stand for? Gold. As you may know, Sony is a big player in the professional photography equipment market, including various professional lenses. The company offers a wide range of lenses, and G lenses are some of the best:

[quote qtext=”Lens technology developed over the course of many years by Konica Minolta has been inherited and augmented with original Sony design and quality assurance technology to produce a range of lenses that are at the top of their class. G Lenses are exceptional not only for their superior in-focus image quality, but for the beauty of defocused background areas (bokeh) as well. The G title is only accorded to lenses of the highest performance” qperson=”” qsource=”” qposition=”center”]

Okay, so G lenses are top of the line pro lenses that cost hundreds of dollars and upwards. Obviously, we won’t get anything like that on the i1/Honami, but Sony will probably use some technologies borrowed from the G series of pro lenses. In other words, the G branding will probably be similar to the well-known Carl Zeiss branding on Nokia phones.

  • Cao Meo

    Sony optics and sensors are always great, but their phone cameras never excel.

    I think Sony should invest more on digital processing technology like pixel binning used by Nokia PureView and Motorola Clear Pixel.

  • EliasAlucard

    No Xenon flash?!?! I’m disappointed…

    • Marchend Tatiana

      I think the new Galaxy Note 3 will have a cool Xenon flash, as i’ve read so many articles saying so. The stylus seems to have better specs as well.

  • Give it massive battery and 3GB of ram and I’m in!

    • Bone

      3GB is not gonna happen, large battery is expected though.

  • Yash Agnihotri

    no…the device is embedded with sony G lens technology!

  • blowntoaster

    G Lens: Helping men find the G-Spot.

    • SeraZR™

      Haha gr8 thinking -_-‘

  • Blaze De Liu

    Is LG making the sony honami’s camera?

    • john

      I don’t see why though. Sony makes pretty awesome image sensors and decent lenses.

  • Bone

    Sounds cool! I always thought – other than crappy processing – that the lens was the reason of the unacceptable picture quality of the XPeria Z, cause the Exmor RS blows everything away in level of details on the S4 Octa except for the PureView 808 (per pixel it’s even sharper in good conditions).