Samsung Electronics has announced four new ISOCELL image sensors for its 0.7 micrometers (μm)-pixel product lineup — 108-megapixel ISOCELL HM2, 64-megapixel ISOCELL GW3, 48-megapixel ISOCELL GM5, and 32-megapixel ISOCELL JD1.
With the new 0.7μm ISOCELL technology, the South Korean giant aims to expand the ultra-high-resolution offerings to mainstream smartphones. The small pixel size will allow cameras to be more powerful with thin smartphone designs.
The company says that the newest image sensors are up to 15-percent smaller than the 0.8μm sensors of the same resolution and reduce the height of the camera module by up to 10 percent. Smaller form factors give more flexibility to manufacturers for added features and more streamlined designs.
Samsung has used its advanced ISOCELL Plus and Smart-ISO technologies, which the company says it especially optimized for 0.7μm. The company adds that ISOCELL Plus retains the received light while Smart-ISO makes full use of the incoming light by intelligently adjusting the ISO.
Samsung ISOCELL HM2
This is the third 108MP image sensor from Samsung after HMX and HM1. It features Super PD, a faster and more effective phase detecting autofocus solution, and comes with a nine-pixel binning technology as well as 3x lossless zoom.
This 64MP image sensor is optimized for mainstream devices and comes with Tetracell and Smart-ISO technologies. It also features gyro-based electronic image stabilization (EIS) for sharper still photos and steadier videos and supports video recording at up to 4K resolution at 60 frames-per-second (fps).
Samsung ISOCELL GM5
It is a 48MP image sensor designed for use in telescoping or ultra-wide-angle cameras. It offers a staggered-HDR feature for brighter and clearer images with less noise. It is said to be a faster and more power-efficient HDR technology that expedites image processing.
The 32MP image sensor is aimed for smartphones with bezel-less displays that incorporate a hole-in-active-area or motorized pop-up mechanism for the front-facing camera Like the GM5, the JD1 is also the one the first ISOCELL image sensors to offer staggered-HDR.
The South Korean giant has said that the HM2, GW3, and JD1 sensors are currently being mass-produced while the company has started providing samples of GM5 to customers.
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