Published: Sat, May 11, 2019
Tech | By Anita Cain

Samsung introduces industry-first 64MP smartphone camera sensor

Samsung introduces industry-first 64MP smartphone camera sensor

Just to put the number in context, the human eye can distinguish hues of around 120 dB (according to Samsung), whereas current-generation sensors are all below this and tend to have highly varied dynamic ranges. The Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Huawei P30, and the Huawei P30 Pro all feature 40MP sensors.

Samsung announced their brand new 64MP ISOCELL Bright GW1 today. Samsung has also announced that now, the 0.8?m is the smallest pixel size available in the market. Previously, such small pixel sizes were unfeasible because of the vast deficit they represented in low light imaging, as a smaller pixel size represents decreased light sensitivity. No wonder Samsung describes it as the "industry's highest resolution" sensor for mobile cameras. As such, Samsung is also launching the 48-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GM2 that to give smartphones full 48-megapixel capability in daylight conditions. Introduced last October, Tetracell can be used to merge four pixels into one larger pixel to capture more light detail in hard conditions.

The GW1 also supports real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR) at a level that is supposedly higher than other smartphones on the market. And of course, we still have to see when they'll be implemented and how they will perform in action, but I am looking forward to seeing the results.

The sensors also feature Dual Conversion Gain, which allows the sensor to take in light information in bright conditions up to its saturation point. For well-lit situations, the image sensor uses a remosaic algorithm to produce full resolution images. Both the seensors - GW1 and GM2 come with support for Super PD which is a high-performance phase detection auto-focus technology.

Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM2 is a 0.8-micrometer (?m) pixel 48Mp image sensor that features Tetracell technology in low-light environments, Super PD for fast autofocus and others.

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