Automotive Camera Sensor Prevents Flickering While Recording LED Traffic Lights & Signs


Sony Corporation has unveiled a new 2.45 effective megapixel CMOS image sensor for automotive cameras. The sensor comes with LED Flicker mitigation that reduces flickering when shooting LED signs and traffic signals, as well as High Dynamic Range (HDR) function capable of 120 dB2 wide dynamic range shooting which helps produce high-quality color images when a car enters or leaves a tunnel in daylight.

The IMX390CQV type 1/2.7 is claimed the first in the industry that can simultaneously mitigate LED flicker and capture in HDR. It also offers high-sensitivity performance capable of producing high-quality color images even in light conditions as low as 0.1 lux, which is equivalent to moonlight.

Th firm notes that the sensor is designed to meet the demands of LEDs widely adopted for traffic signs and signals, and also for car components such as headlights and brake lights. The sensor also meets the demands of automotive cameras to be able to capture high-quality images with a wide dynamic range, even in situations of dramatic contrast, such as when entering or exiting tunnels during daylight hours.

The IMX390CQV is planned to meet the requirements of ISO26262 automobile functional safety standards and functional safety requirement level ASIL C.ASIL C.


By supporting these standards, the product is ready for use in forward-sensing cameras for Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) and cameras for Camera Monitoring System (CMS) that show persons and obstacles on an in-car monitor with clear visibility.

Sony will begin shipping samples in May 2017. For further details, view the full Press release.

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