Samsung has introduced that it’s starting mass manufacturing of what it claims has the smallest pixels within the trade: 0.64μm-pixels. The 50-megapixel sensor is known as the ISOCELL JN1 and is provided with ISOCELL 2.0, Sensible-ISO, and “Double Tremendous PDAF.”
Smaller pixels normally means decrease picture high quality and the opportunity of introducing extra noise, however Samsung particularly selected to push the JN1 all the way down to 0.64μm-pixels in order that it may very well be smaller and subsequently see extra widespread use in numerous functions.
As such, the corporate claims the JN1 is its most versatile sensor but as it’s appropriate with current 1/2.8-inch merchandise and can be utilized for front-facing, ultra-wide, or telephoto cameras along with customary focal lengths. Principally, this one sensor is able to being employed in any picture seize format on fashionable smartphones. The objective right here is to permit customers to take 50-megapixel selfies or group photos in addition to high-resolution 4K front-facing video with high-zoom functionality, however not restrict producers from solely utilizing this sensor in that means.
As a result of the JN1 makes use of smaller pixels and is, subsequently, a smaller sensor general, Samsung says an added good thing about its design is that it’ll cut back the scale of digicam modules by 10 %. That’s not an enormous quantity to chop down a digicam bump, however in an age the place it typically retains getting greater, any progress within the different route is welcome.
The JN1 takes benefit of a number of Samsung applied sciences that the corporate has introduced over the past yr together with its pixel-binning tech, ISOCELL 2.0, Sensible-ISO, and Double Tremendous PDAF.
In low mild situations, Samsung’s JN1 makes use of the corporate’s four-to-one pixel binning know-how — Tetrapixel — which merges 4 adjoining 0.64μm-pixels into one huge 1.28μm-pixel to quadruple mild sensitivity for brighter 12.5-megapixel pictures.
Samsung detailed ISOCELL 2.0 know-how in early March of this yr and explains that the ISOCELL Plus know-how that lies at its core provides a bodily barrier made out of a brand new materials (usually this was completed with steel) round every pixel that reduces mild crossing between them and affecting close by pixels, which results in the flexibility to provide higher colour.
Smart-ISO is a Samsung HDR know-how that permits its sensors to seize each excessive and low ISO concurrently, which the corporate mentioned intimately right here. Whereas Samsung additionally developed what it calls Dual Pixel Pro which splits pixels from nook to nook somewhat than down the middle, the JN1 as a substitute makes use of Double Tremendous PDAF, which the corporate says options twice the density of pixels used for part detection (1/16) than its Tremendous Section Detection (1/32) which supposedly allows the identical autofocus efficiency in as much as 60 % much less mild.
The JN1 is presently in mass manufacturing, so it’s potential that it’ll make an look in new smartphones as early as this fall.