Samsung introduces new range of minuscule image sensors

Samsung has announced a variety of new 0.7 micron pixel camera sensors

Samsung unveils new 108MP, 64MP, 48MP, and 32MP mobile camera sensors with 0.7μm pixels

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.

Samsung has today launched four new mobile camera sensors that employ smaller 0.7 micrometer (μm)-pixels, an upgrade over the 0.8μm pixel sensors seen in current Samsung smartphones.

The new 108MP ISOCELL HM2 sensor is 15% smaller than its predecessors that used 0.8μm pixels. Its area is nearly identical to Samsung's 48MP 0.8μm image sensor. Alongside the size, the new lineup includes Samsung's latest image sensing technologies created to collect the maximum amount of light for better image quality.

It consists of 108MP ISOCELL HM2, 64MP ISOCELL GW3, 48MP ISOCELL GM5, and 32MP ISOCELL JD1.

The ISOCELL GW3 sensor offers 64MP resolution and will find its way into high-end devices.

The new sensor of 108 MP is the successor of the models HMX and HM1, being slightly smaller than these components and allowing a better detection of the autofocus.

Samsung Isocell pixel binning

Smaller pixels generally mean less impressive light gathering capabilities and therefore less impressive low-light images, but Samsung thinks this approach will also yield sleeker designs and reduce the size of camera bumps. Samsung is positioning this sensor as being ideal for pop-up selfie cameras as well as under-display selfie cameras. In addition to Tetracell and Smart-ISO technologies that help the sensor take bright images with high color fidelity, the GW3 is ideal for active lifestyles, featuring gyro-based electronic image stabilization (EIS) for sharper still photos and steadier videos.

ISOCELL GM5 is a universal 48-megapixel (1 / 2.55) image sensor designed for use in telescopic or ultra-wide angle modules. In fact, users can expect a smaller camera bulge if the sensor is used for 5x periscope/folding zoom. GM5 supports high-speed Full-HD recording at 480 fps, improved HDR technology based on Tetracell (due to the operation of some of the sensors in high sensitivity mode, and some of them - reduced). Its first 0.7-micrometer-pixel sensor, which was the industry's first, debuted previous year with 43.7 megapixels of resolution. 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.

The JD1 is the industry's smallest 32Mp-image sensor at 1/3.14-inches. The height of the sensor is comparable to that of the 0.9μm 20MP or 1.0μm 16MP sensors, which makes it a great fit on the front of a device.

Samsung, the world's leading memory chip and smartphone maker, said ISOCELL HM2, GW3 and JD 1 products are now in mass production, while sampling GM5. Stay tuned to for more latest tech news.

These 0.7μm ISOCELL image sensors will arrive on smartphones later this year. In June 2018, Samsung introduced an upgraded pixel isolation technology, the ISOCELL Plus.

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