Samsung’s new 50-megapixel camera sensor has the littlest pixels yet
Samsung is stretching the boundaries again on pixel sizes with its most recent cell phone camera sensor. The Isocell JN1 fits 50 megapixels into a little 1/2.76-inch format for a pixel size of simply 0.64 micrometers. That is significantly more modest than the 0.7 micrometer pixels found on its 43.7-megapixel Isocell Slim GH1 sensor released back in 2019. “The new Isocell JN1 at 0.64μm will be able to equip tomorrow’s sleekest smartphones with ultra-high resolution mobile photographs,” said Samsung Electronics leader VP Duckhyun Chang.
The tiny sensor size will be helpful for multi-camera setups, letting cell phone designers utilize the sensor for front-facing, ultra-wide, telephoto or standard cameras, contingent upon the setup and resolution required. It will likewise decrease camera module thicknesses by around 10%, Samsung said.
The issue with tiny pixels is that they can’t accumulate as much light as bigger pixels. Thus, for low light shooting, the sensor consolidates four pixels in one, boosting light by four times while lessening the sensor resolution to 12.5 megapixels. What’s more, it utilizes Samsung’s new Isocell 2.0 tech that replaces metal barriers between color filters with a material that decreases light misfortune, boosting sensitivity up to 16 percent.
The new sensor additionally joins Samsung’s “double super PD” (phase detect) autofocus with two times the phase detect pixel density, improving AF performance in low-light circumstances. The new sensor additionally supports 4K video at 60 fps or full HD at 240 fps. Samsung said the JN1 is currently in mass production, so anticipate that it should show up in new cell phones soon.