Samsung introduces 64-megapixel image sensor for smartphones

Joshua Bennett
May 11, 2019

Last year, the South Korean smartphone maker disrupted the market with a 48MP ISOCELL camera sensor and now it has raised the bar for others by introducing a 64MP smartphone camera sensor.

We will probably see this new shooter in Samsung's 2020 flagship, the Galaxy S11.The Galaxy S10 has a good camera, but the S11 could leapfrog the competition with a new 64-MP sensor.

Samsung's ISOCELL Bright GW1 image sensor functions similar to how current 48-megapixel sensors do - combining 16-megapixel images into one. Credit: Tom's GuideSamsung announced two chips in fact: The 64MP Isocell Bright GW1and the 48MP Isocell Bright GW2. The ISOCELL Bright GW1 expands Samsung's 0.8μm image sensor lineup from existing 20Mp to ultra-high 64Mp resolutions. In the previous years, such pixel sizes were impossible to achieve because of the deficit which they used to create in the low light, however, to tackle this problem, Samsung is deploying the 4-in-1 pixel binning.

The sensor utilizes pixel-merging Tetracell technology to output a single 16MP image in low-light environments and highly-detailed 64Mp shots in a more lighted environment using the remosaic algorithm. Here's Samsung's new approach towards their next generation of smartphone cameras with a insane 64-megapixel sensor. The updated sensor also gets Tetracell technology in addition to a remosaic algorithm for well-lit environments.

The GW1 also supports a real-time dynamic range of up to 100 dB. The dynamic range of a conventional image sensor is around 60dB while that of the human eye is typically around 120dB.

The company said it has been also developing various sensors for automotive cameras to meet growing demands for self-driving cars. This also lets the sensor to use its full well capacity (FWC). The sensor also includes "Super PD" which is a high-performance phase detection auto-focus (PDAF) technology.

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