With most other aspects of a phone being normalized now, it’s cameras that most OEMs are focusing on to differentiate their products from others. Samsung, a leading manufacturer of mobile imaging sensors is pushing the limits of mobile imaging. After introducing 64MP and 108MP camera sensors earlier this 2year, it’s now introducing the industry’s first 0.7-micrometre pixel image sensor.
The ISOCELL Slim GH1 is a 43.7MP sensor with a resolution of 7,968×5,480. As the name might suggest, the Slim GH1 makes use of the tiniest pixels ever to offer a high-resolution camera in a smaller package. This smaller form factor will allow smartphone manufacturers to pack high-resolution cameras in sleek form factors.
To make up for the smaller pixel size and the limited ability of an individual pixel to collect light, Samsung makes use of pixel-merging Tetracell technology that enables higher light sensitivity equivalent to that of a 1.4μm-pixel image sensor. Essentially, this will allow the camera to produce 10.9MP shots with a light sensitivity of 1.4μm pixels. This is similar to what we’ve seen on 48MP and 64MP cameras that make use of quad-binning technology to offer 12MP and 16MP shots respectively. The sensor also supports gyro-based electronic image stabilization, real-time high dynamic range (HDR) and phase detection auto-focus technology. It can shoot up to 4K videos at 60 frames per second.
Considering its small size, we can expect to see this sensor to be used as a front camera on phones. Samsung is expecting the GH1 to be in mass production by the end of 2019. And if that does happen, expect it to feature on Android smartphones too.