Sony says smartphones will be better cameras than DSLRs in two years!

Terushi Shimizu, Sony Semiconductor Solutions CEO has made the exceedingly bold and unexpected statement.

Sony recently made some interesting and slightly out-there forward-looking statements concerning the future of the camera phone market, specifically that by 2024 – in just two years’ time – the image quality of a smartphone will exceed that of a single-lens reflex camera…

“We expect that still images will exceed the image quality of single-lens reflex cameras within the next few years,” said Terushi Shimizu, Sony Semiconductor Solutions CEO, via SonyAddict(opens in new tab).

A giant leap for smartphones

We’d love a detailed account of how Sony is confident it will make the giant leap of making smartphone sensors (obviously significantly smaller than that in single-lens reflex cameras) outperform those in interchangeable lens cameras. 

“In the future, in addition to increasing the diameter, by combining the new pixel structure “two-layer transistor pixel” technology and artificial intelligence (AI) processing technology that can double the shooting performance of bright places, for still images, a single-lens camera The image quality can be exceeded. 

Furthermore, it is said that background blurring using 8K video shooting / high-speed readout and ToF (distance measuring sensor) will be realized toward 30 years.” This is an English translation of the Nikkei article, originally in Japanese(opens in new tab).

Rachael Sharpe