As soon as it was announced, it was announced online at the venue, so it wasn’t that sort of thing, but it wasn’t an exaggeration to say that Sharp’s “AQUOS R6” was that exciting.
Lens setup diagramThere was a lot of talk about Leica, the sensor became type 1 and there was only one camera, but what’s so great about it? After the recital, I had the opportunity to play the real machine in the experience session, so I would like to delve into that as well.
What’s so awesome about the 1-inch sensor?
The key to the AQUOS R6 camera is that the image sensor has gotten huge. The key to a digital camera is an “image sensor” that receives the “light” that enters through the lens and converts it into a signal, but the larger it is, the more light it receives, so it is intuitive that it is advantageous in terms image quality, I think you can understand. Actually, there are several factors involved, but broadly speaking, one can think that “great is justice.” The larger the sensor, the stronger the sensitivity and the wider the dynamic range. That is why single lens digital cameras that use large sensors have high image quality. So the AQUOS R6 is equipped with the largest type 1 sensor in smartphones. While the AQUOS R5G was of the 1 / 2.55 type, the AQUOS R6 is equipped with a 1-inch sensor that is approximately 5 times the area. It is the same as used in Sony’s RX100 series, Canon’s Powershot G series, and Panasonic’s TX series, which are high-end compact digital cameras. It is smaller than the Micro Four Thirds, but larger than popular smartphones and compact cameras. Recently, smartphones equipped with a sensor of a size close to type 1 have come out, but still, smartphones equipped with a type 1 sensor are not in the “current product”. As the size of the sensor increases, naturally a lens with a diameter matching that size becomes necessary, and the lens also becomes thicker. If it becomes thick, it will not fit the thickness of the smartphone. It is not that easy. But when you look at the real thing, it is not thick. I don’t really care about this, it is the thickness of a normal smartphone. This is the lens that makes it possible. It is a combination of seven lenses with complicated shapes. This also ensures the image quality of the peripheral area. By the way, here is a picture of the image sensor and lens placed side by side on the body of the AQUOS R6. I often admire this sensor and lens on this body. In fact, there was a smartphone equipped with a 1-inch sensor in 2015. It’s the “DMC-CM1” from Panasonic. As you can see from the model number of the digital camera called “DMC”, it was positioned as a digital camera with smartphone functions, but it is a retractable lens. The lens sticks out a bit when shooting. The AQUOS R6 does not have that mechanism and fits in the slimness of a smartphone. It’s amazing. The lens is SUMMICRON from Leica. The focal length is F1.9, which is a fairly wide angle equivalent to 19mm in the 35mm format. The Panasonic DMC-CM1 is 28mm equivalent and is F2.8. It is surprising that the AQUOS R6 is thinner and the lens brighter.