In recent times Samsung has given a variety of ultra high resolution smartphone sensors, most of which offer relatively small 0.8 micron pixels, delivering pixel-binning for better image quality. However, Samsung has not stopped at 0.8 micron pixels, as it just announces several image sensors that pack a lot of megapixels and even smaller 0.7 micron pixels.
Smaller pixels generally mean less impressive light-gathering ability and therefore less impressive low-light images, but Samsung feels that this approach will also produce sleeker designs and reduce the size of the camera bump. In fact, the company says that these sensors are 15% smaller than 0.8 micron pixel sensors with the same resolution, while the height is reduced by 10%.
In addition, all new sensors pack the Isocell Plus technology to prevent light bleed and cross-talk between the pics, as well as its Smart ISO technology for better exposure.
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The flagship charge is the Samsung Isocell HM2, Samsung’s third 108MP sensor. Samsung said that the new sensor is 15% smaller than its predecessors (1 / 1.52 inch), while also offering previous features such as 3x lossless zoom and Super PD autofocus. Like the Esocell HM1 used on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and the Note 20 Ultra, you can expect nonbinning technology on the Isocell HM2, as well as combining data from nine pixels into one and therefore 12 MP shots. Can churn. You also get 8K / 24fps and 4K / 120fps video recording support.
The second camera sensor revealed today is the 64MP GW1 and the 64MP Isocell GW3 after the GW2. The firm notes that it is optimized for “mainstream devices”, suggesting that we can see this sensor in much cheaper devices than flagship or mid-range phones. It adds that the “optical size” of the GW3 is similar to its 48MP 0.8 micron pixel sensor (1 / 1.97-inch). You can also expect 4K / 60fps recording support as well as gyro-based image stabilization.
Talking about 48MP camera sensor, the Korean company is also launching 48MP sensor with 0.7 micron pixels and 1 / 2.55 inch sensor size. Dipping the Isocell GM5, Samsung says that this sensor is designed with ultra-wide cameras or periscope cameras in mind. If a sensor is used for a 5x periscope / folding zoom, users can expect a smaller camera bulge.
The last sensor on the list is the 32MP Isocell JD1, which Samsung calls the smallest 32MP sensor (1 / 3.14 in) in the industry. Samsung is introducing this sensor as being ideal for pop-up selfie cameras as well as selfie-display selfie cameras. The camera sits “comfortably” below the display, with module height equivalent to 16MP one micron pixels and 20MP 0.9 micron pixel cameras.
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Both the 48MP Isocell GM5 and 32MP Isocell JD1 pack Samsung’s staggered HDR technology. The company states that HDR “accelerates image processing by sending a readout of the long, medium, and short exposures of each line of pixels, respectively, to the mobile processor.” It has been touted as a faster and more power-efficient HDR solution. You should also get brighter and clearer images with less noise because the HDR method is pixel-based based on 1.4 micron pixels rather than smaller individual pixels.
The new 108MP, 64MP and 32MP camera sensors are currently in mass production, while the 48MP Isosel GM5 is now available for sampling. There is no word on when we will see the first phone with these sensors. Nevertheless, we need to first check the phone to find out if being small is worthwhile.
Samsung confirmed that more 0.7 micron pixel sensors are coming later this year though, and that they will introduce brand-new Isosel 2.0 technology. The Korean company says that the new technology should improve photosensitivity by up to 12% compared to the currently used Isosel Plus technology on its sensors.
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