Samsung brings sleeker 0.7μm-Pixel ISOCELL Image Sensors up to 108MP

Samsung has unveiled new camera camera sensors

Dubbed as the ISOCELL GW3, ISOCELL HM2, ISOCELL JD1, and ISOCELL GM5, they come with a 0.7μm pixel size and technology such as staggered HDR, smart-ISO, and ISOCELL Plus. It features Super PD, a faster and more effective phase detecting autofocus solution, and comes with a nine-pixel binning technology as well as 3x lossless zoom.

To make sure that smaller pixels don't affect the overall image quality, Samsung has used ISOCELL Plus and Smart-ISO technologies that are optimized for 0.7µm pixels.

Other than shrinking the sensors, the light reception on them is also improved by the ISOCELL 2.0 which enhances the wall structure between cells.

The new camera sensors-108MP ISOCELL HM2, 64MP ISOCELL GW3, 48MP ISOCELL GM5, and 32MP ISOCELL JD1-use 0.7µm pixels.

The company says that the newest image sensors are up to 15-percent smaller than the 0.8μm sensors of the same resolution and reduce the height of the camera module by up to 10 percent.

All four sensors specifications at a glance
All four sensors specifications at a glance

While it retains the 64MP resolution, the sensor can snap more color-accurate images and videos thanks to Samsung's Smart-ISO technology. This will help OEMs to make newer cameras better and stiff into compact devices with smaller camera bumps.

The second camera sensor revealed today is the 64MP Isocell GW3, following on from the 64MP GW1 and GW2. Now, Samsung has unveiled four new ISOCELL camera sensors. When used in conjunction with the 5x optical zoom, the GM5 takes full advantage of the 0.7μm pixel size and minimizes camera bulge. Dubbed the Isocell GM5, Samsung says this sensor is made with ultra-wide cameras or periscope cameras in mind. You should also get brighter and clearer images with less noise as the HDR method is based on pixel-binned 1.4 micron pixels rather than the smaller individual pixels.

The first three will be incorporated in a smartphone's rear camera hardware, while the 32MP ISOCELL JD1 is targeted at selfie cameras fitted inside hole-punch cutouts or pop-up modules. Its first 0.7-micrometer-pixel sensor, which was the industry's first, debuted previous year with 43.7 megapixels of resolution. The camera sits "comfortably" beneath the display, with the module height comparable to 16MP one micron pixel and 20MP 0.9 micron pixel cameras. The sensor also offers a staggered-HDR feature, a faster and more power-efficient HDR technology that expedites image processing by sending a readout of long, medium, and short exposures of each row of pixels respectively to the mobile processor.

Out of the four new sensors, the ISOCELL HM2, GW3, and JD1 are already in mass production and we expect to see these new sensors in upcoming smartphones sometime later this year or early next year. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at In June 2018, Samsung introduced an upgraded pixel isolation technology, the ISOCELL Plus. Due to its smaller pixel size, the GW3's optical size is almost identical to that of Samsung's 0.8μm 48MP sensor.



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