Samsung 108MP camera sensor revealed: Thought 64MP was too much?

ISOCELL Bright HMX Senso

"Next year you will see on your smartphone: a 10x optical zoom camera and a 108MP camera", the leakster, who has a solid track record when it comes to unannounced Samsung products, shared in a subsequent tweet. OEMs and sensor makers like Samsung and Sony will no doubt continue to push it beyond boundaries. In other words, you should theoretically expect the ISOCELL Bright HMX to offer similar low-light performance as previous ultra high-resolution sensors at the very least. That sensor did end up on Xiaomi's flagship device so it's not exactly a surprise that the two are announcing a partnership that has given birth to the mobile market's first ever 108 megapixel smartphone camera sensor.

Samsung claims that the ISOCELL Bright GW1 (the 64 megapixel image sensor) uses pixel-merging Tetracell technology where four pixels are merged to work as one for high-quality images and remosaic algorithm that can produce bright 16 megapixel images in low-light environments and highly-detailed 64 megapixel shots in brighter settings. A few months ago, it boasted of the mobile industry's first 64 megapixel camera sensor which, ironically, didn't land on any of its phones to date.

"Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX will still be a 0.8um image sensor as its 64MP offering but increases the sensor size to a staggering 1/1.33", a first for a smartphone camera.

"Apart from having a higher pixel count, the new sensor adopts a large 1/1.33" sensor which helps to capture greater detail. There is a Smart-ISO which help the sensor intelligently to select the correct ISO to match the needs of the environment. It then switches to a low ISO to improve pixel saturation for vivid photographs. The mechanism would use a high ISO in darker settings to produce clearer pictures. The HMX supports video recording without losses in field-of-view at resolutions up to 6K (6016 x 3384) 30-frames-per-second (fps).

Xiaomi has been at the forefront of beefing up camera features in their smartphones and has proven lucrative for Samsung's System LSI business, which makes logic chips.

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