Samsung Announces 48MP & 38MP Smartphone Cameras for Low Light Photography

Samsung has announced two new ISOCELL Plus camera sensors with a pixel size of 0.8 micrometers (μm) for its upcoming smartphones.

The new high-resolution sensors are Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 with a 48-megapixel (MP) resolution and the 32 MP ISOCELL Bright GD1.

ISOCELL PLUS is Samsung’s latest pixel isolation technology. It improves the performance for smaller-dimensions pixels, which makes it ideal for the modern super-resolution cameras.

It improves on the overall performance and light sensitivity in low-light conditions, as it merges four neighboring pixels into one big pixel by incorporating the Tetracell technology. That enables GM1 and GD1 to deliver light sensitivity similar to that of a 1.6μm-pixel image sensor at the resolution of 12 MP and 8 MP respectively.

Samsung Introduces 2 New sensors
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The sensors also incorporate Gyro-based electronic image stabilization (EIS) to ensure swift and accurate capturing of the image.

Recognizing people’s craze for mobile photography, the South Korean electronics firm has announced to roll out new ultra-small, high-resolution sensors for its smartphones.


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“Demand for ultra-small, high-resolution image sensors are growing as smartphones evolve to deliver new and more exciting camera experiences for users,” says Ben K. Hur, vice president of System LSI marketing of Samsung Electronics.

He further stated,

With the introduction of our cutting-edge 0.8μm-pixel Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 and GD1 image sensors, we are committed to continue driving innovation in image sensor technologies.

Notably, the GD1 sensor has also a real-time high dynamic range (HDR) feature that will ensure richer color, improved balanced posture, and detail while shooting selfie-videos or streaming live videos even in high-contrast or low-light environments.

The two new sensors will enter mass production in the coming months and will be featured in smartphones from 2019.

Via GSMArena