Last week, Samsung has revealed a 64 mega-pixel mobile sensor, but now the company has announced a new sensor with more than 50 percent more pixels. The Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX, which was designed in collaboration with Xiaomi. It is a Samsung 108-megapixel camera sensor that Samsung says is the first to surpass the 100 million pixel milestone for phones.
Samsung 108-megapixel camera sensor is capable of producing high-resolution photographs, the sensor can also shoot in 6K video (6016 x 3384) at 30 fps. Samsung also claimed that these sensors include many features that have only been reserved for high-end DSLR camera sensors. Moreover, this sensor is going to be one of the largest smartphone sensors ever at 1/1.33-inches in size, about three quarter the size of the 1-inch sensor on Sony’s RX100 VII.
Even at that size, a 108-megapixel sensor will have such small pixels. In reality, it is not possible to capture at the photo at such high resolution, so the sensor produces high-quality 27-megapixel images by combining groups of four pixels into one. It is called Samsung’s Tetracell tech that will collect light from four pixels and transformed it into a 27-megapixel sensor. You’ll still be able to snap 108-megapixel photos if you want, but that will likely require brightly lit shooting situations.
The resulted image has a lower resolution overall, which means it has far brighter, helping low-light performance. Too, the sensor is equipped with what Samsung is calling its “Smart-ISO” technology, which will automatically adjust the sensor’s ISO levels to compensate for brightly-lit or low light environments. Neither Samsung nor Xiaomi has announced which phone would be the first to be installed with these sensors. But one tipster has suggested that the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 could be the first.
Hopefully, Xiaomi will give users manual control over those settings, along with the high-resolution and low-light photo shooting, the sensor will allow for 6K movies at 30 fps (6,016 x 3,384), an incredible feat for a smartphone camera. However, Samsung latest smartphones have been criticized for inferior low-light performance compared to the Huawei P30 Pro and other models that use Sony chips.
By boosting the size of the chip, Samsung can effectively reduce that problem. Meanwhile, bigger smartphone sensors give consumers another reason not to buy compact cameras. Production of the new chip will begin later this month. Samsung has further confirmed that mass production for its new ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor will begin later this month.
On the contrary, Xiaomi is also set to launch its first phone with a 64-megapixel camera sensor later this year. Other companies that are looking to introduce new smartphones with a 64-megapixel camera sensor include Realme.