Sony Pregius® S Global Shutter CMOS

Superior Performance in a Smaller Package

The Sony Pregius family of global shutter CMOS sensors delivers crisp, distortion-free images. Continuing a legacy of compact performance, the fourth generation Pregius S literally turns the rules of sensor design upside-down. Pregius S uses Back Side Illuminated (BSI) sensor design to reduce pixel size and increase resolution while improving quantum efficiency (QE) and sensitivity.


Fig. 1. BSI sensors invert the traditional front illuminated sensor design making it easier for photons to enter each pixel’s light sensitive photodiode.

Initial Models

Initial models with the Pregius S sensors are planned for Q2 2020 and beyond, including:

  • Blackfly S USB3 with the IMX540 24.5 MP (15 fps) global shutter sensor: Mono, Color
  • Oryx 10GigE with the IMX530 24.6 MP (35 fps) global shutter sensor: Mono, Color
  • Blackfly S GigE with the IMX542 16.1 MP (7 fps) global shutter sensor: Mono, Color

To learn about the Sony Pregius sensor lineup, visit this page here

Delivering high resolutions in compact sensor packages without sacrificing imaging performance, Pregius S sensors reduce system costs and increase throughput.

1. More Resolution with Less Complexity

The first sensor in the Pregius S lineup, the 24.5 MP IMX530 / IMX540, can replace multiple lower-resolution cameras, minimizing your system’s complexity and cost.

2. Excellent Imaging Performance at a Lower Price Point

With new 2.74 µm pixels, Pregius S sensors nearly double the pixel density of earlier Pregius sensors. The resulting smaller footprint allows the use of compact, inexpensive optics and makes a 24.5 MP global shutter CMOS sensor in an ice-cube form factor possible at a competitive price.

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Fig. 2. Pixel size differences between different generations of Sony Pregius sensors. 

The new pixel design also greatly reduces lens shading from compact C-Mount lenses on sensor sizes up to 4/3”. The backside-illuminated pixel design accepts incoming light at higher angles, helping lower-cost optics produce better imaging. Pregius S uses compact lenses on large, high-resolution sensors without losing image quality.

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Fig. 3. Increased pixel density between the IMX253 Pregius sensor vs. the IMX530 / IMX540 Pregius S sensor. 


Fig. 4. Comparison of shading with compact lens on 1.1” IMX253 Pregius sensor vs. the same lens on a 4/3” IMX530 / IMX540 Pregius S sensor. 

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3. Increased throughput

Global shutter readout ensures distortion-free capture of fast-moving targets. Higher sensitivity allows shorter exposures and leads to higher throughput, giving you the power to analyze and inspect items in less time for faster production lines.

4. Reduce your lighting costs

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Fig. 5. Sony Pregius S sensors combine the low global shutter readout and low read noise of previous Pregius generations with the high quantum efficiency and pixel density of STARVIS.

Pregius S sensors enable shorter exposures with less powerful lights. For example, the IMX530 / IMX540 achieves an exceptional quantum efficiency of 71.5% compared to 65% for previous generations of global shutter sensors. This upgrade in performance comes without compromise, as the new back-illuminated pixel design continues to deliver the low read noise and image quality expected from Pregius sensors.


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Fig. 6. The BSI IMX530 / IMX540 has a higher peak QE than than the front illuminated IMX250, even though the IMX250 has larger pixels.


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Fig. 7. Pregius S maintains a low level of read noise. 

By combining the global shutter readout and low read noise of Pregius sensors with the high quantum efficiency and pixel density of STARVIS, Sony has set a new benchmark for CMOS image sensors.

Application Advantages


Pregius Generation



Biomedical, Microscopy

Third Generation Pregius

Higher Quantum Efficiency, Low (better) Absolute Sensitivity

Maximize sensitivity in low light, reliably detect weak signals

Semiconductor Process Control

Third Generation Pregius & Pregius S

Pixel density, NIR-Perfomance

See smaller defects further below surface


Pregius S

High pixel density

Precise measurements of large objects

Benchtop or handheld devices

Pregius S

High Pixel Density, tolerance for very compact lenses

More compact and lighter designs possible


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