Samsung announced the launch of the smallest cell phone image sensor
Samsung announced the launch of the smallest cell phone image sensor

Samsung has announced the launch of a new image sensor for smartphone cameras that will have the smallest pixels in the industry.

The ISOCELL JN1 is a 50-megapixel sensor with a relatively small aspect ratio of 1/2.76 inch, which means that the pixel size is only 0.64 micrometers.

In contrast, Samsung broke the record in 2019 with the slightly larger ISOCELL Slim GH1, another 50MP sensor with 0.7µm pixels.

As we all know, smaller pixels tend to lower image quality with more noise. But Samsung said it all depends on the variety of formats.

The sensor's smaller size means it can be used in ultra-wide-angle camera modules or telephoto modules - which are difficult to build when the size is large - or to reduce the height of the main camera cam.

Like other high-resolution camera sensors, ISOCELL JN1 uses pixel aggregation technology to combine multiple pixels into one to achieve higher light sensitivity.

In this case, Samsung said that the sensor can take 12.5-megapixel photos, which equates to 1.28 microns pixels.

The company also claims that its ISOCELL 2.0 technology has increased photosensitivity by 16%.

Samsung ISOCELL JN1 released:

The ISOCELL JN1 sensor can use the industry's smallest portable 50MP sensor to capture clearer images.

For once, Samsung hosted an entire live conference for this sensor and said that the ISOCELL JN1 is currently in mass production, so it is likely to appear in smartphones soon.

Samsung said, “Samsung's advanced pixel technology once again breaks boundaries with utmost precision, creating the smallest pixel-sized image sensor in the industry. But it has solid performance.

He added: The new sensor could provide ultra-high-resolution images for future smartphones. While we are committed to innovation in pixel technology, we will continue to bring a wide range of image sensor products to market.

For faster autofocus, ISOCELL JN1 uses enhanced Dual Super PD technology.

Previous Super PD technology used a specially developed small elliptical lens for phase detection on two adjacent pixels arranged next to each other.

Compared with Super PD, Double Super PD uses twice the pixel density for phase detection. Even in an environment where the brightness is less than 60%, the same AF performance can be obtained.

The image sensor supports 4K video recording at 60 frames per second. Or Full HD with 240 frames per second.

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