Samsung has announced the launch of a new camera sensor that comes with the smallest pixel size in the industry. Dubbed as Samsung ISOCELL Slim GH1 sensor, it will go in mass production by the end of 2019.
The latest camera sensor is meant for sleek smartphones that feature full screen displays. The new sensor comes with industry’s first 0.7-micrometer (μm)-pixel image sensor. For your reference, the ISOCELL 64MP and 108MP comes with 0.8-micron pixel size.
The new sensor comes with 43.7-megapixel resolution. It uses Samsung’s latest pixel isolation technology that minimizes colour cross-talk and optical loss. The company claims that the 0.7μm pixels are able to absorb sufficient light information to produce bright photographs. For low light, the sensor uses Tetracell technology, which uses pixel-merging to create light sensitivity equivalent to that of a 1.4μm-pixel image sensor.
In terms of recording, the sensor can record up to 4K videos with 3840 X 2160 resolution. It is able to take 4K videos with minimum loss in field of view (FoV). It can also capture videos up to 60fps. For stabilization, the GH1 supports a gyro-based electronic image stabilization (EIS) and phase detection auto-focus technology, Super PD, allowing fast and accurate autofocus. The company claims that the real-time high dynamic range (HDR) feature delivers balanced exposure and richer colour in mixed-light environments.
“Samsung has been stepping up in pixel technology innovation from the industry’s first 1.0μm-pixel image sensor, to most recently, 0.8μm ultra-high-resolution sensors at 64Mp and 108Mp,” said Yongin Park, executive vice president of the sensor business at Samsung Electronics. “We are pleased to deliver yet another breakthrough with the industry’s first 0.7μm pixel image sensor, the ISOCELL Slim GH1 that will enable sleeker and more streamlined designs as well as excellent imaging experiences in tomorrow’s smartphones.”.