It is currently used in many of Sony α DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Image processing in the camera converts the raw image data from a CCD or CMOS image sensor into the format that is stored on the memory card. This processing is one of the bottlenecks in digital camera speed, so manufacturers put much effort into making, and marketing, the fastest processors for this step that they can. Some of the models that use the BIONZ image processors are DSC-W150, DSC-W170, DSC-W210, DSC-W350 etc.
History of BIONZ chips in Sony cameras
BIONZ – MegaChips MA07170 and MA07171
Similar MegaChips processors had been used in the DSLR-A100 (MA07169) as well as in the Konica Minolta 5D (MA07168) and 7D (MA07168), implementing Konica Minolta's CxProcess III running under MiSPO's NORTi/MIPS, an RTOS following the µITRON standard.
BIONZ – Sony CXD4115 chips
BIONZ – Sony CXD4132
The following camera models utilize a Sony CXD4132 series chip as multicore BIONZ processor: SLT-A37, SLT-A57, SLT-A58, SLT-A65 / SLT-A65V, SLT-A77 / SLT-A77V, SLT-A99 / SLT-A99V / HV, NEX-F3, NEX-3N, NEX-5N, NEX-5R, NEX-5T, NEX-6, NEX-7 / Lunar, NEX-VG20, NEX-VG30, NEX-VG900, NEX-FS100, DSC-RX1 / DSC-RX1R, DSC-RX100 / Stellar, DSC-RX100M2.
BIONZ X – Sony CXD90014
Some recent Sony cameras use a significantly enhanced image processor based on the Sony CXD90014 series dubbed the BIONZ X, including the ILCE-7 / ILCE-7R, ILCE-5000, ILCE-6000, DSC-RX10, ILCA-77M2, DSC-RX100 III and DSC-RX0. This is a quad-core ARM Cortex-A5 SoC. It features, among other things, detail reproduction technology and diffraction-reducing technology, area-specific noise reduction and 16-bit image processing + 14-bit raw output. It can process up to 10 frames per second and features Lock-on AF and object tracking.