The new Samsung image sensors are aiming to reduce physical space occupied by camera sensors and also offer high resolutions. Samsung adds that the new sensor is 15% smaller than its predecessors while also offering previous features like 3x lossless zoom and Super PD autofocus.
Samsung Electronics on Tuesday launched four mobile image sensors with 0.7µm (micrometre) sized pixels which is industrys smallest pixel size for smartphones of the future. "The (ISOCELL 2.0) technology further enhanced the wall structure between cells, resulting in added light sensitivity of up to 12 percent compared to the current ISOCELL Plus technology", the company said in an official blog post.
Samsung confirmed that more 0.7 micron pixel sensors are coming later this year though, and that they'll offer brand-new Isocell 2.0 technology. Alongside the size, the new lineup includes Samsung's latest image sensing technologies created to collect the maximum amount of light for better image quality. The lineup includes the 108MP ISOCELL HM2, the 64MP ISOCELL GW3, the 48MP ISOCELL GM5, and the 32MP ISOCELL JD1.
Samsung launches four new ISOCELL camera sensors
ISOCELL HM2 is Samsung's third 108MP image sensor, which follows the HMX and HM1. The GW3 is an image sensor featuring gyro-based electronic image stabilization for sharper still photos and steadier videos. Samsung is now sampling the ISOCELL GM5 and devices with this 48MP sensor may be released at a later stage.
Smaller pixels generally mean less impressive light gathering capabilities and therefore less impressive low-light images, but Samsung thinks this approach will also yield sleeker designs and reduce the size of camera bumps. It uses Tetracell and Smart-ISO technologies to ensure color accuracy and image brightness. Since the readout is performed based on Tetracell's 1.4μm two-by-two pixels, staggered HDR can provide brighter and clearer images with less noise. In fact, users can expect a smaller camera bulge if the sensor is used for 5x periscope/folding zoom. It is said to be a faster and more power-efficient HDR technology that expedites image processing. Its first 0.7-micrometer-pixel sensor, which was the industry's first, debuted a year ago with 43.7 megapixels of resolution.
ISOCELL JD1 is the industry's smallest 32MP sensor, which measures in at just 1/3.14-inches. Even with 32-million pixels to capture a highly detailed selfie, the camera sits comfortably under the display as the height of the sensor's camera module is comparable to those of 0.9μm 20Mp or 1.0μm 16Mp sensors. The Samsung ISOCELL HM2, GW3 and JD1 image censors are now in mass production, while the company is sampling GM5 sensor and should take some more time to arrive in the market. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com. They will get the improved ISOCELL 2.0 pixel separation technology. In comparison, the older ISOCELL sensors with similar resolutions use 0.8µm pixels.