Samsung unveiled its first image sensor with 0.7 µm pixels last year. Now they have showcased a new 108 MP Sensor along with 48 MP sensors with 0.7 µm pixels for ultrawide and zoom shots. All of the four sensors will lead to camera modules that are smaller and thinner than their predecessors. These use the ISOCELL Plus and ISOCELL 2.0 will debut next year and is expected to boost the light sensitivity by up to 12%.
The new sensors shaved off 15% of their size with the 0.7 µm pixels when compared to 0.8 µm used previously. This brings the companies closer to the goal of producing rear camera modules that are flushed to the rear like before. The 1080 MP sensor ISOCELL HM2 which is the third one from Samsung uses nine-pixel binning to yield up to 3x lossless zoom. It offers 4K video recording at 120 FPS.
The next one is the ISOCELL GW3 which is about the size of a 0.8µm 48 MP sensors but has 64 MP resolution. It uses Tetracell (4-in-1 binning) and Smart ISO to capture better light. It can record 4K videos at 60 FPS and also support EIS (Electronic Image Stabilisation). Moving on to the ISOCELL GM5, it is aimed at ultrawide and periscope zoom cameras, unlike the others. It will come with 48 MP resolution and is able to shoot 1080P videos at 480 FPS and 4K videos at 120 FPS. When used as a periscope camera it can achieve 60 FPS 4K video recording.
Finally, we have the 32 MP ISOCELL JD1 sensor intended for punch holes and pop-up cameras in the front. It’s only about the size of a 16 MP 1.0 µm sensor which brings the new staggered HDR. The staggered HDR seen in both GM5 and JD1 sends the image to the ISP in three exposures – long, medium, and short. According to Samsung, this is faster and power-efficient than the traditional method. The ISOCELL HM2, GW3, and JD1 are undergoing mass production at the moment whereas the GM5 has been sent for evaluation by the manufacturers.
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