64MP and new 48MP image sensors announced by Samsung


Both these sensors will be available in mobile devices later this year.

In a post in its newsroom, Samsung announced today it has created two new camera sensors which are designed for smartphones - one 48MP, and another with a whopping 64MP resolution. That's partly due to the excellent imaging sensors Samsung uses in their devices. Samsung claims its new sensor delivers brighter images in low-light conditions and richer details in brighter settings.

The new ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor beats Samsung's and Sony's 48 megapixel IMX586 in terms of pixel count but, but that is about all the differences, as the three have something in common, albeit different names and more pixel counts. It does that by merging four pixels into one while the color filter is descrambled for full-resolution 64-megapixel shots in good lighting.

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Samsung also says that the GW1 supports real-time HDR (high dynamic range) of up to 100-decibels. Their existing top-of-the-line camera sensor is at 20 megapixels. According to Samsung, the conventional image sensor has a dynamic range of about 60dB while the human eye is considered to be around 120dB.

Samsung has also updated 48Mp ISOCELL Bright GM2 which has now embraced the Tetracell technology for better low-light photos and remosaic algorithm in brighter environment. The sensor also comes with the Tetracell technology similar to other high-resolution ISOCELL sensors, and it also packs the proprietary Samsung's remosaic algorithm.

The ISOCELL GW1 will also make use of Dual Conversion Gain (DCG) which in turn will make the sensor optimize its full well capacity (FWC) by collecting light more efficiently in well-lit conditions. The sensor also features Super PD, which is said to be a "high-performance" phase detection auto focus technology (PDAF), and it can record slow motion video in 1080p at 480fps.