Samsung Unveils New 108MP, 64MP, 48MP, And 32MP Mobile Image Sensors

  • Samsung Unveils New 108MP, 64MP, 48MP, And 32MP Mobile Image Sensors

Samsung Unveils New 108MP, 64MP, 48MP, And 32MP Mobile Image Sensors

Dubbed as the ISOCELL GW3, ISOCELL HM2, ISOCELL JD1, and ISOCELL GM5, they come with a 0.7μm pixel size and technology such as staggered HDR, smart-ISO, and ISOCELL Plus. The 108MP ISOCELL HM2 brings "Super PD" which is a faster way of using phase-detection for autofocussing.

Samsung has today launched four new mobile camera sensors that employ smaller 0.7 micrometer (μm)-pixels, an upgrade over the 0.8μm pixel sensors seen in current Samsung smartphones. The Korean company says the new tech should improve light sensitivity by up to 12% compared to the Isocell Plus tech now used on its sensors.

With pixels at 0.7µm, Samsung's newest image sensors are up to 15 per cent smaller than the 0.8µm sensors of the same resolution and reduce the height of the camera module by up to 10 per cent.

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. It can increase light sensitivity by up to 12% compared to the ISOCELL Plus.

The new 108MP, 64MP, and 32MP camera sensors are currently in mass production, while the 48MP Isocell GM5 is now available for sampling.

ISOCELL HM2 is Samsung's third 108MP image sensor following the HMX and HM1 while ISOCELL GW3 is a 64MP-image sensor optimized for mainstream devices.

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. To retain the same bright photos, Samsung has incorporated advanced ISOCELL Plus and Smart-ISO technologies. As the readout is performed based on Tetracell's 1.4μm two-by-two pixels, rather than at the individual 0.7μm-pixel level, staggered-HDR can provide brighter and clearer images with less noise.

ISOCELL GW3 is a 64MP sensor optimized for mainstream devices. When used in conjunction with the 5x optical zoom, the GM5 takes full advantage of the 0.7μm pixel size and minimizes camera bulge. Now, Samsung has unveiled four new ISOCELL camera sensors.

The GM5 is designed for use in telescoping or ultra-wide angle cameras, according to Samsung.

The last sensor on the list is the 32MP Isocell JD1, which Samsung says is the smallest 32MP sensor in the industry (1/3.14 inches). The height of the sensor is comparable to that of the 0.9μm 20MP or 1.0μm 16MP sensors, which makes it a great fit on the front of a device.

Samsung has started the mass production of ISOCELL HM2, ISOCELL GW3, and ISOCELL JD1, while the ISOCELL GM5 is now in the sampling stage. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at Samsung expects the minuscule size to appeal to smartphone makers since smaller image sensors are easier to fit into the latest design trends. In June 2018, Samsung introduced an upgraded pixel isolation technology, the ISOCELL Plus.