In terms of smartphone digital camera sensors, there are solely actually two huge gamers. Sony and Samsung. And whereas Sony could be promoting extra models, Samsung all the time appears to be pushing issues that little bit additional. Or, on this case, smaller. Samsung has introduced its new 50-megapixel ISOCELL 2.0 JN1 sensor, boasting smaller pixels than even its 108-megapixel flagship smartphone sensor.
This tiny 1/2.8-inch chip has a pixel pitch of solely 0.64μm in comparison with the marginally bigger 0.7μm pixel pitch of Samsung’s ISOCELL HM2 108-megapixel 1/1.52-inch sensor. But they nonetheless handle to pack of their Sensible-ISO tech together with the “Double Tremendous PDAF” autofocus system. And it sounds prefer it’s mainly only a drop-in substitute for present 1/2.8″ gadgets.
Samsung claims that the brand new JN1 sensor is their most versatile but, due to being appropriate with present 1/2.8″ gadgets – which is probably the most extensively used format in smartphones. On account of its small stature, it may be used as a entrance or rear digital camera, ultra-wide or telephoto and customary lengths. It’s mainly a do-it-all form of deal when paired with the appropriate lens. They are saying that it’s going to enable smartphone producers to simply improve their decrease decision 12 and 16-megapixel non-main digital camera modules to 50-megapixels with ease, as the brand new sensor is already appropriate with the present 1/2.8″ modules.
Switching out the previous 12 & 16-megapixel secondary digital camera sensors for the brand new 50-megapixel ones additionally means you’d have the ability to seize 4K video with any of them, or your selfie digital camera – a probably useful function for vloggers utilizing their smartphones. Naturally, that greater decision means you get a bit extra latittude for zooming and cropping, too. After all, these bigger recordsdata will even burn up extra of your system’s storage.
These 50-megapixels aren’t out there on a regular basis, although. In low mild situations, for instance, the Samsung JN1 makes use of Samsung’s “Tetrapixel” four-to-one pixel binning know-how to mix 4 pixels into one for higher sensitivity, diminished noise and brighter 12.5-megapixel pictures.
The brand new Samsung JN1 sensor is at the moment in mass manufacturing, and we could begin to see new smartphones already utilizing it inside the subsequent few months. It’ll be good to see these secondary cameras lastly getting a considerable improve!