By Stephen Schenck | July 15, 2013 11:05 AM
We’ve been following rumors of the Sony Android codenamed Honami for some time now, anxious to learn if its 20-megapixel camera would be enough to give devices like the Galaxy S 4 Zoom or even the new Lumia 1020 a little competition. As we patiently await the handset’s launch, some new accounts of run-ins with camera samples have arrived, giving us an idea of what to expect from Honami’s imaging performance, as well as raising new questions about the camera’s sensor size.
The 20-megapixel sensor size is confirmed here, and specifications like a 5-millimeter focal length and f/2.0 aperture are mentioned. Full-resolution performance is reportedly excellent at ISO 100 and 400, buts start getting a bit noisy at 800 and 1600.
The issue of sensor size is tricky. When we heard the Honami might have a 1/1.6-inch sensor, that was great news, as smartphones generally have much smaller components. Some rumors still champion that figure, but there’s also a theory – backed up by some camera details revealed in EXIF data – that suggests we might be looking at a 1/2.3-inch sensor, instead. That could be a big blow, but adamant 1/1.6 defenders have us wondering if that 1/2.3 business might be an incorrect analysis.