Samsung Launched 64MP ISOCELL Camera Sensor for Smartphones

In the past 6 months 48MP camera sensors became one of the biggest trends untill Samsung launched the ISOCELL Bright GW1 camera sensor, offering a 64MP resolution. The ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor offers a higher resolution than existing mobile cameras on the market, but maintains the same pixel size (0.8 microns) as current 48MP sensors. Samsung Electronics has launched 64-mp and 48mp image sensors aimed at smartphones launching in the fall. The Isocell Bright GW1 is 64MP and the Isocell Bright GM2 is 48MP, with both sensors being 0.8μm in size like their predecessors.

Over the past few years, mobile phone cameras have become the main instrument for recording and sharing our everyday moments,” said Yongin Park, executive vice president of sensor business at Samsung Electronics. “With more pixels and advanced pixel technologies, Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 and GM2 will bring a new level of photography to today’s sleekest mobile devices that will enhance and help change the way we record our daily lives.

Features of ISOCELL Bright GW1 | Samsung

It features the highest resolution in Samsung’s 0.8μm-pixel image sensor lineup. With pixel-merging Tetracell technology** and remosaic algorithm***, GW1 can produce bright 16Mp images in low-light environments and highly-detailed 64Mp shots in brighter settings. To take pictures resembling the way the human eye perceives its surroundings in a mixed light environment, GW1 supports real-time high dynamic range (HDR) of up to 100-decibels (dB) that provides richer hues. In comparison, the dynamic range of a conventional image sensor is at around 60dB, while that of the human eye is typically considered to be around 120dB.

GW1 features a Dual Conversion Gain (DCG) that converts the received light into an electric signal according to the illumination of the environment, according to Samsung. This is said to allow the sensor to optimize its full well capacity (FWC) by using collected light more efficiently especially in bright settings. The sensor also features Super PD, which is said to be a “high-performance” phase detection auto focus technology (PDAF), and it can record slow motion video in Full HD at 480fps.

Features of ISOCELL Bright GW2 | Samsung

GM2 is a 48MP sensor that also utilizes Tetracell for low light condition and remosaic algorithm in a bright environment. Samsung has also adopted DGC and Super PD technology for the sensor. ISOCELL Bright GM2 is a 48Mp image sensor that also adopts Tetracell technology in low-light environments and a remosaic algorithm in well-lit settings, bringing highly-detailed pictures with natural and vivid colors. GM2, like GW1, adopts DCG as well for added performance and Super PD for fast autofocus.

Both the image sensors of Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 and GM2 are currently sampling and are expected to be in mass production in the second half of 2019.

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