Samsung Announces 64MP Image Sensor for Smartphone Cameras

Samsung Announces 64MP Image Sensor for Smartphone Cameras

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Samsung has announced two new 0.8 micrometer (μm) pixel image sensors - the 64MP ISOCELL Bright GW1 and the 48MP ISOCELL Bright GM2. This expands the company's 0.8 μm lineup from 20MP to an industry leading 64MP.

“Over the past few years, mobile phone cameras have become the main instrument for recording and sharing our everyday moments,” said Yongin Park, executive vice president of sensor business at Samsung Electronics. “With more pixels and advanced pixel technologies, Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 and GM2 will bring a new level of photography to today’s sleekest mobile devices that will enhance and help change the way we record our daily lives.”

ISOCELL Bright GW1
ISOCELL Bright GW1 is a 64Mp image sensor that features the highest resolution in Samsung’s 0.8μm-pixel image sensor lineup. With pixel-merging Tetracell technology and remosaic algorithm, GW1 can produce bright 16Mp images in low-light environments and highly-detailed 64Mp shots in brighter settings. To take pictures resembling the way the human eye perceives its surroundings in a mixed light environment, GW1 supports real-time high dynamic range (HDR) of up to 100-decibels (dB) that provides richer hues. In comparison, the dynamic range of a conventional image sensor is at around 60dB, while that of the human eye is typically considered to be around 120dB.

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. This allows the sensor to optimize its full well capacity (FWC), utilizing the collected light more efficiently especially in bright environments. Sharper results can be delivered through Super PD, a high-performance phase detection auto-focus technology, and full HD recording at 480 frames-per-second (fps) is supported for smooth cinematic slow motion videos.

ISOCELL Bright GM2
ISOCELL Bright GM2 is a 48Mp image sensor that also adopts Tetracell technology in low-light environments and a remosaic algorithm in well-lit settings, bringing highly-detailed pictures with natural and vivid colors. GM2, like GW1, adopts DCG as well for added performance and Super PD for fast autofocus.

Both image sensors are currently sampling and are expected to enter mass production in the second half of 2019.


Samsung Announces 64MP Image Sensor for Smartphone Cameras

NoGoodNick - May 10, 2019 at 3:22pm
We've seen this before, where Samsung offers a phone which take HUGE pictures, which contain no more detail than any other smartphone. Here, they're only talking about how much data the sensor CAN convey, not how much they'll actually capture, what resolutions they'll capture or their aperture size (the ONLY details which serious photographers care about). Assuming that these chips are smaller, it's likely they'll capture LESS detail, rather than more. Thus these assertions are meaningless, as data store is cheap, while camera development is expensive.
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