Now, Samsung has announced the 50MP Isocell GN1 camera sensor, and it sacrifices resolution for bigger pixels. The new camera sensor offers a 1/1.31-inch sensor size and 1.2 micron pixels as opposed to 0.8 micron pixels seen in Samsungâ€™s other high resolution sensors. This alone should mean better low-light performance, as bigger pixels are able to gather more light.
But the Korean brand says the Isocell GN1 also makes use of four-in-one pixel-binning, allowing phones with the sensor to churn out pictures equivalent to a 12.5MP 2.4 micron pixel image. Meanwhile, Samsungâ€™s 48MP sensors take pixel-binned pictures comparable to a 12MP 1.6 micron pixel image. So expect better low-light snaps at full resolution and when pixel-binning in theory.
What else does Isocell GN1 offer?
Samsung says the GN1 also offers dual-pixel autofocus and has a software algorithm capable of churning out 100MP snaps (using light data from each photo-diode). Presumably youâ€™re better off with a 108MP camera if you want 100MP+ images, but weâ€™ll have to wait and see.
Other Samsung GN1 features include Smart ISO tech, real-time HDR, gyro-based image stabilization, 8K/30fps recording, and 400fps video at 1080p without autofocus (240fps with autofocus).
The manufacturer says the Samsung GN1 has started mass production this month, so weâ€™ll likely see this camera sensor land in major phones in the second half of 2020. This doesnâ€™t necessarily mean Samsung is abandoning the megapixel race, but itâ€™s encouraging to see the firm offering a rival to Sonyâ€™s IMX689, seen in the OnePlus 8 Pro and Oppo Find X2 Pro.
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