This isn’t a comparison of photos but a look at what is coming to smartphone camera thanks to a Sony 48mp camera sensor. Ben Lovejoy:
Apple has historically opted to be conservative with its megapixel counts, with good reason. Squeezing a high pixel count into a tiny smartphone sensor means a high pixel density – and that’s usually bad news for low-light photos. High pixel density plus low light normally equals noise.
The new sensor uses the Quad Bayer color filter array, where adjacent 2×2 pixels come in the same color, making high-sensitivity shooting possible. During low light shooting, the signals from the four adjacent pixels are added, raising the sensitivity to a level equivalent to that of 1.6 μm pixels (12 megapixels), resulting in bright, low noise images.
Already we’re starting to see DLSR-like quality in smartphone cameras, but the next generation will be even better.