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Samsung announces new ISOCELL HM3 108MP camera sensor with improved performance


Samsung was the first company to launch a 108-megapixel smartphone camera sensor and after a couple of years of its debut, the company keeps on introducing updated variants of the same. In line with that, the South Korean giant has now announced the third-generation of the 108MP sensor, Samsung ISOCELL HM3.

The updated HM3 camera sensor comes with a host of notable upgrades and new tricks for an improved output in terms of image clarity, dynamic range, and autofocus performance. It is a 1/1.33-inch sensor that uses 0.8μm pixels and performs 9-in-1 Nonacell pixel-binning to deliver images of 12MP size.

Samsung ISOCELL HM3 108MP Camera Sensor


The company has introduced a new technology named Super PD Plus that improves autofocus stability. Talking about it, Samsung says that “Super PD Plus adds AF-optimized micro-lenses over the phase-detection focusing agents, increasing measurement accuracy of the agents by 50-percent.” The technology ensures that moving subjects are always in sharp focus, and low-light performance gets a boost as well.

It also comes with Smart ISO Pro — a high-dynamic-range (HDR) imaging technology that uses an intra-scene dual conversion gain (iDCG) solution. It captures a frame in both high and low ISO and merges them into a single image in 12-bit color depth with reduced noise.

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The company adds that with a low-noise mode, the technology improves the light sensitivity by 50 percent to capture brighter and clearer photos in low-light environments compared to its predecessor.


Samsung claims to have reduced the energy uptake under preview mode, thanks to the new sensor design for ISOCELL HM3. As for availability, the company has revealed that it is already under mass production but it remains to be seen which device becomes the first to have this new camera sensor.

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