Smartphone manufacturers have finally cottoned-on that people mostly use their cameras on their devices and are aiming to push the boundaries of camera quality on their latest devices. The latest company to do so is Samsung who have announced “industry’s first 1.0μm-pixel-based 16 megapixel (Mp) CMOS image sensor for use in advanced mobile devices.”
According to the company, the new sensor (the S5K3P3), makes the most of their proprietary ISOCELL technology to enable the high performance 1.0μm pixels. This allows the sensor itself to be much thinner to be placed in even thinner smartphones. And from the sounds of it, the first device it’ll be featured in is the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 which is due to be announced on August 14.
In short, Samsung have created an even smaller camera which retains the quality of larger camera sensors. That means whichever device it’s installed into, will be much slimmer and won’t result in a protruding camera from the back of the device.
Usually with smaller pixels however there amount of light being taken in is much lower. Fortunately because of Samsung’s ISOCELL technologu, it delivers the same quality found in the slightly larger 1.12μm-pixel based sensors.
“Using ISOCELL technology dramatically reduces colour crosstalk of neighboring pixels by adding physical barriers between each pixel. This substantially increases light sensitivity and effectively controls the collection of photons, resulting in higher color fidelity even in poor lighting conditions,” explained Samsung.
This new sensor is available today for mobile device manufacturers to design into their next-generation products. So chances are, the next Samsung devices announced will include this technology.