Rumor: Sony Has ‘Non-Bayer’ Sensors in the Works, Might Arrive as Soon as 2015


It’s been a little while since we’ve seen fit to report on a rumor. Most of what has passed through the rumor mill of late has either not been significant enough, or only worth linking out to. This news, however, caught our eye: it seems Sony is working on a ‘non-Bayer’ sensor that might appear in cameras as early as late 2015.

The news, as with most rumors regarding the goings on at Sony, comes from sonyalpharumors, and is rated as “almost certainly correct.” According to “very trusted sources,” the previously-rumored 54-megapixel Sony sensor with Phase Detect AF on-sensor will, supposedly, eschew the typical RGB Bayer array in favor of some other configuration.


Neither we nor SAR has any idea what this alternate configuration will look like — and there are already alternatives out there, such as Sigma’s Foveon sensors — but the simple fact that one of the leading sensor manufacturers in the world is moving away from the Bayer array is significant in its own right.

According to SAR, Sony will continue producing its standard 24MP and 36MP FF sensors through 2014 and most of 2015, with the new sensors making their appearance starting either in late 2015 or early 2016 depending on what the competition looks like.

(via sonyalpharumors)

  • jon

    Sigma has their Foveon, Fuji has their Xtrans, and now Sony will have their own sensor. This is huge news, and I’m glad it’s happening. CMOS is a little long in the tooth. Personally, I wish the other makers would just license the Foveon tech from Sigma, as it is clearly the future once low light performance is improved upon.

  • AntonyShepherd

    Something like Foveon in full frame with more R&D spent on it to improve the performance would be fantastic.

  • madmax

    Good news. I´d better wait two years to buy a Sony camera.

  • Michael Andrew Broughton

    i’m sure all this means is that they’re using a traditional sensor with a “non-bayer” pattern on the rgb filter to reduce mosaicing.

  • Matt

    I agree, it is great. While I really like Fuji, their designs work well and push some limits. But, Feveon is just better IQ wise. If that could be the next big step for one of the big camera companies it would be fantastic.

  • Mike

    I want full resolution, non mosaic-interpolated, R, G and B channels, ya hear me, Sony!?

  • sayithere

    will it be a cmos sensor using a single quantum film layer? or maybe a graphene sensor? non-bayer sensors have been around since a decade ago. Panavision cinema cameras use True-RGB instead of Bayer since 2002.

  • sayithere

    yes. my bet is on quantum film layer.

  • devtank

    I think that Sony actually make the sensors for Fuji, what fuji do with those sensors afterwards is what makes them stand out.