Samsung has announced a new and interesting image sensor for smartphones. They claim that it has the “smallest pixel size in the industry.” After the introduction of 0.8μm pixels on its 48- and now 64-megapixel sensors that are widely used by the Chinese smartphone makers throughout 2019.Now the Samsung is producing the world’s first image sensor with 0.7μm pixels.
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The ISO CELL Slim GH1 is a 43.7-megapixel (7,968×5,480) sensor designed to provide a high resolution in a small physical size. Samsung says that it we be offering “the optimum solution for slim full-display devices,” suggesting that it will be intended for selfie cameras.
Furthermore. if you know anything about camera sensors, then you will know that small pixel size is considered a bad thing traditionally, because each photo site will be having less light gathering ability and it will run a higher risk of introducing noise. The new high-resolution phone sensors will work little differently. In case of low light, they will combine four pixels together and will produce a 10.9-megapixel image with the light sensitivity of 1.4μm pixels. This is still not huge, but it is reasonably large by smartphone standards.
In practice, resolution and pixel size are not the most important factors when it comes to overall smartphone photo quality. Some of the best phone cameras utilize regular 12-megapixel sensors. But it is interesting to note that this sensor for mid-range device scan deliver a lot of detail in good light without any excess noise that you are expect in low light.
Samsung says that the ISOCELL Slim GH1 mass production will start at the end of this year. With all this in mind, we can hopefully see the sensors in phones of early 2020.