Samsung has updated its line of mobile camera sensors, presenting four new modules with a pixel size of 0.7 micrometres at once (current Samsung smartphones use modules with a pixel size of 0.8μm). Reducing the pixel size should allow engineers to create smartphones with a thinner and more compact camera unit that will not protrude so much from the body.
The new lineup includes a 108 MP ISOCELL HM2 sensor, a 64 MP ISOCELL GW3 sensor, a 48 MP ISOCELL GM5 sensor and a 32 MP ISOCELL JD1 sensor. The first three are for use in the main cameras of smartphones, and the fourth is for the front cameras.
- ISOCELL HM2 Is Samsung’s third 108MP sensor after HMX and HM1. It is about 15% more compact than its 0.8μm predecessors and allows for a 10% reduction in the camera module. The sensor supports the technology of combining nine pixels into one, 3x zoom without loss of quality, offers more efficient and faster phase detection autofocus.
- ISOCELL GW3 – 64MP sensor with Tetracell and Smart-ISO technology for vibrant images with accurate colour reproduction. The size of the GW3 has been reduced to almost the size of a 48MP module with a pixel size of 0.8μm. The GW3 offers electronic stabilization and is capable of recording 4K video at 60fps.
- ISOCELL GM5 – a universal 48 MP sensor that can be used as an ultra-wide-angle camera (supports Full HD video recording at 480 f / s) or telephoto (supports 5x zoom). GM5 also supports Staggered HDR, a faster, more energy-efficient HDR technology that speeds up image processing and produces brighter images with less noise.
- ISOCELL JD1 Is the smallest 32MP sensor on the market and is an excellent solution for installing it in the openings of displays. The JD1 is comparable in size to 20MP (0.9μm) and 16MP (1.0μm) modules. Supports Staggered HDR technology.
Samsung has already mass-produced ISOCELL HM2, GW3 and JD1 sensors. GM5 is currently available as an example for customers.