64MP and new 48MP image sensors announced by Samsung

64MP and new 48MP image sensors announced by Samsung

64MP and new 48MP image sensors announced by Samsung

Samsung said it will accelerate technology development in image sensors for smartphone cameras to grab a bigger share of the growing market. Not only this, but the industry has gone a step ahead and introduced 48MP camera sensors to a lot of mid-range phones as well. Both 0.8-μm image sensors not only feature very high resolutions via use of very small pixels, but they support a number of technologies created to improve image quality.

The Galaxy Note 10, which is expected to launch in the second half of this year, could be the first smartphone to feature a 64MP camera.

The 64-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GW1 has the highest resolution in Samsung's 0.8μm-pixel image sensor lineup. Phone manufacturers have contentiously upped the ante in the past years and Samsung is looking to bring the latest breakthrough in mobile photography with its 64MP ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor.

Credit: SamsungThe sensor also supports real-time high dynamic range capture, which will result in better contrast and more colors. It relies on the pixel-merging Tetracell technology to produce bright 16-megapixel images in low-light and detailed 64-megapixel images in well-lit conditions. Samsung claims that its new sensor has an HDR of "up to 100 decibels" while the human eye is rated at 120dB.

Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 and GM2 are now sampling and are expected to be in mass production in the second half of this year.

"GW1 is equipped with a Dual Conversion Gain (DCG) that converts the received light into an electric signal according to the illumination of the environment". The sensor will also make use of the 4-in-1 pixel binning technology alongwith high-performance phase detection autofocus technology, and it will be able to record slow motion videos at 480fps in 1080p. Can we see this in Galaxy Note10?

On another hand, GM2 is a 48MP sensor that also utilizes Tetracell for low light condition and remosaic algorithm in a bright environment.

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