What happened now? Sony believes that in the near future, the image quality from smartphone cameras will eclipse that of digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. During a recent business briefing, Sony Semiconductor Solutions (SSS) President and CEO Terushi Shimizu said they expect still images from camera phones to surpass the capabilities of DSLRs in the next few years.

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We are told that a combination of large apertures and advanced image sensor technology will help achieve this goal.

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nikkei report specifically mentions dual-layer transistor pixel technology and artificial intelligence processing that effectively doubles the amount of light each pixel is exposed to.

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Sony has announced its dual layer transistor pixel technology last year. Traditional CMOS image sensors place photodiodes and pixel transistors on the same substrate, but Sony’s new technology separates them on different substrate layers. According to the company, this roughly doubles signal saturation levels, increases dynamic range, and reduces noise, all of which result in improved image quality.

How to TechRadar Basic moments, smartphone cameras and standalone digital cameras have been moving in opposite directions for some time now. As the quality of smartphone cameras continues to improve, more people are leaving their specialized cameras at home or not buying them at all. Once they reach parity with digital SLRs, the average consumer will have no reason to buy them.

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