Published: Thu, May 09, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Samsung introduces an ultra-high resolution 64MP image sensor for smartphones

The Honor View20, Xiaomi Mi 9, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, ZTE Axon 10 Pro, OPPO F11 Pro, Vivo V15 Pro, and others all feature 48MP primary cameras.

After its 48MP ISOCEL Bright GM1 imaging sensor which has now found its way into a number of smartphones of all price brackets, Korean major Samsung has today announced a new generation imaging sensor that has the potential of changing the 48MP trend.

Samsung's ISOCELL Bright GW1 image sensor functions similar to how current 48-megapixel sensors do - combining 16-megapixel images into one. Previously, such small pixel sizes were unfeasible because of the huge deficit they represented in low light imaging, as a smaller pixel size represents decreased light sensitivity. This allows the sensor to optimize its full well capacity (FWC), utilizing the collected light more efficiently especially in bright environments. As a result, you are able to get bright 16MP images in low light and highly-detailed 64MP shots in brighter situations. Regular image camera sensors are in the range of 60-decibels (dB).

The new 64-MP sensor maintains the pixel size of current 20-MP sensors, 0.8-micrometers.

After that, the most likely suspect for a 64MP sensor is the Samsung Galaxy S11 (or S20, if Samsung decides to follow typical phone naming conventions), which we'd expect to see in February 2020. The 64MP sensor also delivers real-time HDR with "richer hues", 1080p video recording at 480fps, and "high-performance" phase detection autofocus.

For one, low-light photography should greatly benefit from the smaller pixel size and Samsung's Tetracell technology. The sensor also has Super PD and improved PDAF performance. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.

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