Feb 25th, 2011

Sony’s continuing to improve their stronghold in the camera market by developing a new phone-sized sensor that’s 5x faster (from the initial snap to the final result) than traditional sensors of the same size. It’s a 17 megapixel sensor that – pending a device has sufficient hardware – can shoot video at maximum resolution with 120 frames per second.

It’s not exactly phone news, but we know Sony Ericsson have been striving to improve mobile camera quality in phones for years. The Xperia Arc is one device with a camera that impressed us and made us forget about carrying along a point-and-shoot. If that isn’t the best they have to offer, then I can’t imagine what this new sensor will be like. (Could it replace a DSLR? Nah, we won’t go that far.)

They could very well be using the sensor in their smaller point-and-shoot offerings, but you have to imagine Sony Ericsson will want to get this into one of their flagship devices whenever it’s ready. [Electronista]

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