A slimmer 50MP sensor, but is it better?

Samsung is one in every of three principal gamers within the smartphone digicam sensor area (together with Sony and Omnivision), and it’s been upping the ante in current occasions because of 50MP and 108MP sensors.

Now, the corporate has introduced the 50MP Isocell JN1 sensor. And at first look, it seems to be just like the agency is prioritizing a skinny design over picture high quality. The new picture sensor delivers a half of.76-inch sensor measurement mixed with 0.64-micron pixels, making for a step down in measurement from Samsung’s earlier 50MP sensors (e.g. the Isocell GN1 and GN2).

In addition to its use as a principal digicam, Samsung says the smaller sensor measurement makes it appropriate to be used as a telephoto, ultra-wide, or selfie digicam. The new digicam sensor also can cut back the peak of a digicam module by ~10% in keeping with Samsung (it’s unclear what the purpose of comparability is right here although), lowering the digicam bump and enabling thinner designs.

More than only a slim design?

The smaller sensor and pixel measurement ought to lead to lowered picture high quality (notably in low mild) in comparison with the aforementioned 50MP sensors and standard 12MP sensors. But Samsung says the Isocell JN1 is geared up with Isocell 2.0 tech that it first unveiled earlier this yr. This is an upgraded model of its Isocell and Isocell Plus tech that reduces cross-talk and improves mild gathering capabilities. In truth, Samsung reckons this new tech together with “added enhancements” improves mild sensitivity by 16% on the JN1.

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The new sensor additionally makes use of four-in-one pixel binning, combining information from 4 0.64-micron pixels into one pixel to supply photos akin to these taken with a 12.5MP 1.28-micron sensor. Taken along with the Isocell 2.Zero tech, it means that low-light outcomes won’t be a big step down from Samsung’s different 50MP sensors. But we’ll must check out the primary telephones with this tech to determine if that’s certainly the case.

Other notable Samsung Isocell JN1 options embrace Smart ISO tech for higher dynamic vary, double tremendous section detection autofocus, 4K/60fps video recording, and 240fps video recording at FHD decision.

Samsung’s new digicam sensor is at the moment in mass manufacturing, so we possible gained’t have lengthy to attend to see the primary telephones with these components.

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