The South Korean giant is known for its wide range of camera sensors for smartphones and goes head-to-head with Sony on this segment. Today, they have announced a better and sleeker, four new Samsung ISOCELL image sensors for its 0.7 micrometers (μm)-pixel product lineup.
It consists of 108MP ISOCELL HM2, 64MP ISOCELL GW3, 48MP ISOCELL GM5, and 32MP ISOCELL JD1. The new 0.7μm ISOCELL technology helps Samsung to expand the ultra-high-resolution offerings to mainstream smartphones. This will help OEMs to make newer cameras better and stiff into compact devices with smaller camera bumps.
The older Samsung ISOCELL sensors used 0.8µm pixels for similar resolutions, however, the newer 0.7μm-pixel image sensors are 15% smaller and their height has also been reduced by 10%. To retain the same bright photos, Samsung has incorporated advanced ISOCELL Plus and Smart-ISO technologies.
While ISOCELL Plus retains the received light with a wall-like structure around the pixel, on the other hand, the Smart-ISO makes full use of the incoming light by intelligently adjusting the ISO accordingly for optimal exposure.
- ISOCELL HM2 is Samsung’s third 108Mp image sensor following the HMX and HM1. The HM2 features Super PD, a faster and more effective phase detecting autofocus solution, and like the HM1, comes with a nine-pixel binning technology as well as 3x lossless zoom.
- ISOCELL GW3 is a 64MP-image sensor optimized for mainstream devices. In addition to Tetra cell and Smart-ISO technologies that help the sensor take bright images with high color fidelity, the GW3 is ideal for active lifestyles, featuring gyro-based electronic image stabilization (EIS) for sharper still photos and steadier videos. The image sensor supports video recording at up to 4K resolution at 60FPS.
- ISOCELL GM5 is a versatile 48MP-image sensor designed for use in telescoping or ultra-wide-angle cameras. When used as a 5x optical telescoping sensor for folded-zoom, the GM5 takes full advantage of the compact 0.7μm pixel size that minimizes the camera bulge. For ultra-wide shots, the GM5 supports high-speed full-HD recording at 480fps.
- ISOCELL JD1 is the industry’s smallest 32MP-image sensor at 1/3.14-inches, making it an ideal solution for smartphones with bezel-less displays that incorporate a hole-in-active-area or motorized pop-up mechanism for the front-facing camera.
“Samsung continues to pioneer innovations, such as ISOCELL Plus and Smart ISO, to deliver more pixels in a smaller package,” said Yongin Park, executive vice president of the sensor business at Samsung Electronics. “Last year, Samsung introduced the industry’s first 0.7μm-pixel image sensor and the first 108Mp sensors. Now we are bringing more of the advanced pixel technologies to mobile cameras in a variety of options that will enable high-resolution images and sleeker designs in a wider selection of tomorrow’s mobile devices.”
These 0.7μm ISOCELL image sensors will arrive on smartphones later this year. The Samsung ISOCELL HM2, GW3 and JD1 image censors are currently in mass production, while the company is sampling GM5 sensor and should take some more time to arrive in the market.
Also at the same time, Samsung will bring out an enhanced pixel technology, ISOCELL 2.0 that allows great photography experience in spite of the reduced pixel sizes. The new technology further enhanced the wall structure between cells, resulting in an added light sensitivity of up to 12% compared to the current ISOCELL Plus technology.
via Samsung Newsroom
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