With smartphone photography becoming one of the key variables dictating the smartphone’s success in today’s market, brands are pushing towards providing better imagery tools and catering to the needs of customers by integrating high-performance camera systems. Now, Samsung has announced its new ISOCELL GN1 camera sensor. The new ISOCELL GN1 is a 50-megapixel sensor with a large 1.2um pixels. It holds the potential to bring smartphone photography to a new level.
The ISOCELL GN1 is certainly an impressive sensor. Along with DSLR-level auto-focus speeds spearheaded by the 100 million phase detection auto-focus (PDAF) agents, it can quickly focus on a still or a moving object from every corner. Samsung’s ISOCELL GN1 is its first sensor to offer both Dual Pixel and Tetracell technologies, and the latter enables the sensor the capture and process more light through a pixel-merging technique. The Tetracell technology helps in combining 4 pixel signals into one, thereby doubling up the image sensor’s pixel size to 2.4 micrometres and quadrupling the light-sensitivity which helps in capturing sharper images in low-light.
In addition to its large 50MP sensor-size, the GN1 also has ‘Smart-ISO’ feature that automatically selects the befitting ISO for the situation. It also features real-time HDR tech, which captures the image in multiple exposures and merges it in order to provide sufficiently good details in highlights and shadows.
The sensor also gives something to video creators with its 8K videos at 30fps support and assisted with the gyro-based electronic image stabilisation (EIS) system.
Samsung have announced that they started the mass production of ISOCELL GN1 this May, which means we’ll see the sensor in action soon by next quarter.