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Samsung 64MP & 48MP Smartphone Image Sensors Set To Begin Mass Production

Samsung is increasing the resolution of smartphone cameras with the introduction of a new 64MP ISOCELL Image Sensor.

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64Mp ISOCELL Image Sensor

The images we capture with smartphones are going to keep improving in resolution as Samsung is introducing the industry's highest resolution image sensor, for smartphones, to mass production later this year. 


Samsung has introduced two new 0.8-micrometer pixel image sensors – the 64-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 and 48Mp ISOCELL Bright GM2.

Commenting on the new technology, Yongin Park, executive vice president of sensor business at Samsung Electronics said: "With more pixels and advanced pixel technologies, Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 and GM2 will bring a new level of photography to today’s sleekest mobile devices that will enhance and help change the way we record our daily lives."

ISOCELL Bright GW1 is a 64Mp image sensor that features the highest resolution in Samsung’s 0.8μm-pixel image sensor lineup. The GW1 can produce bright 16Mp images in low-light environments and highly-detailed 64Mp shots in brighter settings. 

"To take pictures resembling the way the human eye perceives its surroundings in a mixed light environment, GW1 supports real-time high dynamic range (HDR) of up to 100-decibels (dB) that provides richer hues. In comparison, the dynamic range of a conventional image sensor is at around 60dB, while that of the human eye is typically considered to be around 120dB," explains Samsung. 

Sharper results can also be delivered through Super PD, a high-performance phase detection auto-focus technology and full HD recording at 480 frames-per-second (fps) is supported. 

ISOCELL Bright GM2 is a 48Mp image sensor that, like the 64Mp sensor, uses Tetracell technology in low-light environments and a remosaic algorithm in well-lit settings, creating highly-detailed pictures with natural and vivid colours as a result. GM2, like GW1, adopts DCG as well for added performance and Super PD for fast autofocus.

Production on both sensors is expected to begin later this year. 

Previously, Samsung introduced the GM1 and GD1 sensors and Sony also announced an image sensor for use in 48MP smartphones. 

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