Sep 16, 2020 News
Earlier this year, Samsung announced the launch of the 50MP ISOCELL GN1 sensor. Today, Samsung introduced four new Samsung ISOCELL image sensors: ISOCELL HM2, ISOCELL GW3, ISOCELL GM5, and ISOCELL JD1 which will help reduce the size of the camera bumps.
In the long term, Samsung plans to expand the ultra-high-resolution offerings to mainstream smartphones. Smaller sensor pixels can often reduce the light collection capabilities of a sensor. This usually means poorer low-light performance while upping the risk of noise within images .
For ultra-high-resolution image sensors, even a difference as small as 0.1μm-per pixel can have a significant impact on the overall size of the sensor as well as the height of the camera module. Samsung’s newest sensors are now 0.7μm-per pixel which is 15% smaller than the 0.8μm sensors of the same resolution. The height of the sensors has also been reduced by 10%.
ISOCELL H2M is Samsung’s third 108Mp image sensor which employs the Nonacell (9:1) pixel binning technique alongside 3x lossless zoom. It can even record videos at 4K 120 fps and contains support for enhanced phase detect auto-focus.
ISOCELL GW3 is a 64Mp-image sensor and optical size is similar to Samsung’s 0.8μm 48Mp image sensor. It is tuned especially for ultra-wide-angle cameras or for 5x periscope zoom cameras and can take more color-accurate images and videos thanks to Samsung's Smart-ISO technology. The image sensor supports video recording at up to 4K resolution at 60 frames-per-second
ISOCELL JD1 is a 32Mp image sensor at 1/3.14-inches and is ideal for phones with bezel-less or hole punched designs. The ISOCELL DJ1 is comparable in size to 0.9-micron and 1.0-micro 16-megapixel sensors from competing brands. It is also the one the first ISOCELL image sensors to offer staggered-HDR.
ISOCELL GM5 is a 48Mp-image sensor made to be used in telescoping or ultra-wide-angle cameras. It is compact 0.7-pixel size and features 5x optical telescoping sensor and supports high-speed full-HD recording at 480fps.
While the GM5 is still in sampling stage, the rest are currently confirmed to be under mass production.