Samsung unveils industry’s highest-resolution image sensor

Samsung Electronics has unveiled two new image sensors for smartphones, one of which offers the highest resolution on the market.

The company said it was in response to growing demand for better image quality as more mobile phone makers launch products with multi-lens camera systems.

The Korean tech giant introduced two 0.8-micrometer pixel image sensors: the 64-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GW1 and the 48-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GM2.

With the addition, Samsung has expanded its 0.8-micrometer image sensor lineup, the smallest pixel size available on the market, from the existing 20-megapixel to the ultra-high 64-megapixel resolution.

The company said subminiature pixels have grown in importance with the multi-camera trend that requires smaller chips to realize higher resolutions, as more people cite picture quality as one of the most important features when buying smartphones.

“Over the past few years, mobile phone cameras have become the main instrument for recording and sharing our everyday moments,” said Park Yong-in, executive vice president of sensor business at Samsung Electronics.

“With more pixels and advanced pixel technologies, Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 and GM2 will bring a new level of photography to today’s sleekest mobile devices that will enhance and help change the way we record our daily lives.”

The ISOCELL Bright GW1, which features the highest resolution among mobile image sensors, can produce bright 16-megapixel images in low light and highly detailed 64-megapixel shots in brighter settings, Samsung Electronics said.

To take pictures resembling the way the human eye perceives its surroundings in a mixed-light environment, the GW1 offers a real-time high dynamic range (HDR) of up to 100 decibels, the firm said. The dynamic range of a conventional image sensor is about 60 decibels, while that of the human eye is typically considered to be around 120 decibels.

The company said the ISOCELL Bright GM2 also produces highly detailed pictures with natural and vivid colors.

The ISOCELL Bright GW1 and the GM2 are expected to be in mass production in the second half of the year.

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