Samsung Unveils 64-Megapixel Camera Sensor, Updates Existing 48-Megapixel Sensor

Samsung has unveiled a new 64-megapixel camera sensor

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Samsung Unveils 64-Megapixel Camera Sensor, Updates Existing 48-Megapixel Sensor

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Samsung’s ISOCELL Bright GW1 is the highest resolution mobile camera sensor yet

Highlights
  • Samsung’s Bright GW1 is the highest resolution mobile camera sensor
  • In low-light it delivers 16-megapixel photos by merging four pixels to on
  • Samsung also updated its existing 48-megapixel camera sensor

Samsung has unveiled a new 64-megapixel camera sensor. This new sensor has higher resolution than anything else currently in the market. The ISOCELL Bright GW1 camera sensor uses 0.8 micron pixels similar to its 48-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GM1 camera sensor. Since the pixel size is similar, the new 64-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor will be physically bigger in size and will be able to capture more light. The sensor is expected to enter the market in the second half of the year and it could make its way to a Samsung flagship smartphone. It could very well be the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, as the South Korean electronics giant keeps its Galaxy Note flagship launches in the latter part of the year.

The new Samsung camera sensor will produce a 16-megapixel output in low-light conditions by merging four pixels into one using its Tetracell technology. Samsung's 48-megapixel camera sensor does the same thing and delivers a 12-megapixel output. The camera sensor can also descramble its colour filter to deliver full-size 64-megapixel shots.

Samsung's new 64-megapixel ISOCELL sensor has support for real-time HDR of up to 100-decibels which according to Samsung provides richer hues. According to Samsung, the dynamic range of a conventional sensor is around 60 decibels while that of the human eye is considered to be around 120 decibels. The South Korean giant also launched an updated version of its 48-megapixel sensor called the ISOCELL Bright GM2. This updated sensor also gets Tetracell technology along with a remosaic algorithm for well-lit environments which should help improve picture quality.

Just like the 64-megapixel sensor the new 48-megapixel sensor also gets Super PD for high-performance phase detection auto-focus. 48-megapixel sensors are slowing becoming common on smartphones and we have seen phones like the Honor View 20 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro sporting such sensors. Oppo, Motorola and Realme are also using 48-megapixel sensors. Samsung isn't the only one providing a such a sensor as Sony also has one on the market, the Sony IMX586.

Samsung says that the sensor will enter mass production in the second half of 2019 and we can expect it to make its way to smartphones around the same time.

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Aditya Shenoy

Aditya has been reviewing gadgets for over 5 years now and began his career reviewing smartphones. He began reviewing smartwatches when Android Wear was a thing and continues to review fitness wearables. An audiophile, he also reviews audio products every now and then. While reviewing smartphones keeps him busy during the week, he loves to unwind by going on long drives over the weekends. A thorough petrolhead who loves technology and can talk about bhp and GHz all day long.

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