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  • Samsung has introduced the 40MP Isocell GN2 digicam sensor.
  • It presents larger pixels and a bigger sensor dimension than its predecessor.
  • The new sensor is presently in mass manufacturing.

Samsung introduced the 50MP Isocell GN1 final yr, making for a departure from its 108MP sensors. The GN1’s decrease decision was off-set by its a lot larger pixels, enabling important enhancements for low-light seize on paper.

Now, Samsung has introduced a successor to the Isocell GN1, known as the Isocell GN2. This is a 50MP sensor as nicely, but it surely presents a bigger sensor dimension (1/1.12-inch) and greater pixels (1.four microns) than its predecessor. The pixel dimension specifically is notable, as that is the identical dimension as the IMX363 sensor utilized in most of Google’s Pixel phones.

A bigger pixel dimension ends in higher picture high quality when the solar goes down, so we stay up for seeing commonplace footage from the new sensor. In any occasion, the Isocell GN2 can be able to utilizing four-in-one pixel-binning to ship footage roughly akin to a 12.5MP 2.eight micron pixel digicam. 

The enhancements don’t finish right here both, as Samsung says the Isocell GN2 is its first sensor to supply Dual Pixel Pro tech. This is an upgraded model of part detection autofocus, which sees two photodiodes inside every pixel getting used for quicker autofocus. But the upgraded tech additionally permits “all-direction focusing” as a consequence of the incontrovertible fact that pixels can be break up each vertically or diagonally. Samsung claims that the diagonal strategy permits the “focusing agents” to raised acknowledge the high and backside of a body.

  Samsung Isocell GN2 Samsung Isocell GN1 Samsung Isocell Bright HM3
Resolution 50MP 50MP 108MP
Sensor dimension 1/1.12-inch 1/1.31-inch 1/1.33-inch
Pixel dimension 1.four microns 1.2 microns 0.eight microns
Pixel-binning 12.5MP 2.eight microns
(four-in-one binning)
12.5MP 2.four microns
(four-in-one binning)
12MP 2.four microns
Video 8K/24fps

Samsung’s newest 50MP digicam sensor additionally brings staggered HDR performance, which was lacking from the Isocell GN1. This sounds much like conventional HDR tech, as the sensor captures quick, medium, and lengthy exposures. But it’s claimed that this strategy presents 24% decrease energy consumption in comparison with real-time HDR seen on the earlier sensor.

The earlier sensor and the new sensor each function Smart ISO tech, which intelligently chooses the finest ISO for a scene. But the Samsung Isocell GN2 additionally brings Smart ISO Pro performance, so how does this differ?

“Unlike Smart ISO, which uses readouts from a single ISO per picture, Smart ISO Pro, which uses an intra-scene dual conversion gain (iDCG) solution, takes readouts from both high and low ISO to instantly create high dynamic range images with less motion-artifacts,” Samsung defined in an e mail press launch. It provides that Smart ISO Pro additionally permits for the seize and processing of a number of frames in excessive ISO, bringing it to nearly a million ISO for very darkish scenes.

Much like the earlier sensor, the Isocell GN2 can be able to churning out 100MP photos by way of its 50MP sensor. This is completed by creating “three individual layers of 50MP frames in green, red, and blue” after which utilizing a remosaic algorithm to provide a 100MP photograph. We’re guessing {that a} 108MP sensor would possibly be higher at precise 100MP+ photos.

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Samsung’s new 50MP sensor additionally delivers in the video enviornment, capturing 4K/120fps slow-motion or 480fps video at FHD. You’re additionally getting 8K/24fps recording, which looks like a gentle downgrade on paper over the GN1’s 8K/30fps capabilities.

The Isocell GN2 is presently in mass manufacturing, which suggests we’ll see it sooner somewhat than later. For what it’s value, Vivo was the solely model to make use of the Isocell GN1 in its telephones. But tipster Ice Universe reckons that the new sensor will land in the Mi 11 Ultra. Xiaomi beforehand used an Omnivision 48MP sensor in the Mi 10 Ultra and Omnivision lately launched its own 50MP sensor. So we’ll want to attend and see to seek out out whether or not the new Xiaomi cellphone has Samsung’s sensor.

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