Samsung reveals new 64MP camera sensor

    48MP cameras have become one of the biggest trends in the past six months, offering high-resolution shots during the day and 12MP pixel-binned snaps at night. But why stop there? That seems to be Samsung’s thinking, as it’s just revealed a 64MP camera sensor (h/t: r/Android).

    The ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor offers a higher resolution than existing mobile cameras on the market, but maintains the same pixel size (0.8 microns) as current 48MP sensors. Samsung is also using Tetracell technology (its take on pixel-binning) to merge data from four pixels into one, essentially resulting in 16MP 1.6 micron pixel snaps.

    The company has confirmed to Android Authority that the GW1 sensor size comes in at 1/1.72-inch. This is slightly bigger than the 1/2-inch sensor size of 48MP cameras, likely due to the GW1 needing space for its extra pixels. So you should expect the 64MP camera sensor to offer a similar level of quality in low light as 48MP cameras in theory. But Samsung is also touting the sensor’s HDR prowess.

    “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,” the Korean manufacturer adds in a press release.

    Furthermore, Samsung says the 64MP camera sensor also supports super phase detection auto-focus technology, 480fps video recording, and Dual Conversion Gain (DCG). The latter feature apparently allows the sensor to more effectively utilize received light in bright environments.

    This isn’t the only new addition to Samsung’s sensor line-up, as it’s also revealed the 48MP ISOCELL Bright GM-2 sensor. This is ostensibly a follow-up to the GM-1 sensor seen in the Redmi Note 7 and other phones. The GM-2 offers DCG support and super phase detection auto-focus as well.

    Samsung says both sensors are set for mass production in the second half of the year, which suggests we’ll see 64MP smartphones before the end of 2019. Would you buy a phone with a 64MP camera? Give us your thoughts in the comments!

    Akshada Patil
    Akshada Patil
    Editor & Chief at Investigator magazine, also enjoys doing field research and writing papers on mollusks. She is fond of swimming and being in the ocean. At home, you might find her reading a stack of science magazines or studying Buddhism. She thinks the most important thing any of us can do is try to make the world a better place for everyone else

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