Having a reduced pixel dimensions, Samsung aims to provide smartphone vendors with greater design flexibility letting them pack in more sensors in the same space. The two new ISOCELL detectors are announced keeping in mind the tendency of slim, bezel-less smartphones. The new GM1 and GD1 series detectors are based on Samsung’s pixel isolation technologies called ISOCELL Plus.
ISOCELL Plus is claimed to optimise functionality for smaller-dimension pixels, allowing them to fit into superior camera modules. To recall, Samsung introduced that this ISOCELL Plus technologies back in June this year to enhance low-light performance on mobile cameras. They also include proprietary Tetracell technology including the mixing of four pixels into you to boost overall light sensitivity. Samsung claims the new GM1 and GD1 sensors can provide mild sensitivity equal to that of a 1.6 micron pixel image sensor at 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel resolution, respectively. Adding to this, gyro-based EIS is also supported.
The latter 32-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GD1 comes with a real-time HDR style to deliver more balanced color in low light and low contrast environments. This could be similar to what Apple introduced as Smart HDR using the latest iPhone versions in 2018.
Pricing and availability details aren’t available yet, considering Samsung is expected to deliver these products as B2B (Business to Business) focused instead of direct to customers.
“Demand for ultra-small, high-resolution image sensors are growing as smartphones evolve to deliver new and more intriguing camera encounters for users,” said Ben K. Hur, Vice President, System LSI advertising, Samsung Electronics. “With the advent of our cutting-edge 0.8μm-pixel Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 and GD1 picture sensors, we’re dedicated to continue driving innovation in image sensor technologies.”