New Samsung image sensors could eliminate smartphone camera bumps


Each of the 12 million dual pixels on the sensor can do focus detection, allowing smartphones using the sensor to quickly lock onto small still objects and track moving subjects. This new sensor builds upon that design with smaller 1.28μm pixels, allowing for bump-less smartphone camera designs.

First up is the ISOCELL Fast 2L9 that utilizes Dual Pixel technology.

Samsung first unveiled its Dual Pixel smartphone sensor technology a year ago with a sensor packing 1.4μm pixels.

The ISOCELL Fast 2L9 and Slim 2X7 are created to be slim and offer good performance in low-light conditions.

The Isocell Fast 2L9 image sensor is powered by Dual Pixel technology, which makes ultra-fast auto-focus possible at a reduced pixel size. Plus, the new sensor promises Bokeh (or depth-of-field) effect without the need for two sensors; a single sensor will suffice.

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Before Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 8 and its first ever dual camera system, it prepared the road by launching its imaging sensors into a distinct and marketable brand of its own: Samsung ISOCELL.

Thanks to the compact size, the sensor can easily fit into slimmer modules, allowing smartphones to be designed without a bump to accommodate the camera. Samsung has committed to further develop sensors with sub-1µm pixels.

Samsung's ISOCELL sensors are marketed in 4 different flavors, each focusing on one particular strength in photography: Fast, Slim, Bright, and Dual. Even with that tiny pixel size, this sensor can give smartphone cameras a high color fidelity, and allows those phones to cram in a 24 MP image sensor inside a thin casing. It lets the sensor take brighter photographs in the dark and more detailed ones in well-lit environments by merging four adjacent pixels to work as one to increase light sensitivity. Every year sensors have improved and the addition elements like better image stabilization and dual cameras added new shooting ...

Samsung foresees an upbeat growth potential for image sensors. The company is also a major OEM, so these sensor may also appear in other manufacturers' smartphones in the near future. No, this isn't a dual sensor.

Samsung faces stiff competition in the image sensor market from Sony, the world's top image sensor producer, which now controls almost 50 percent of the market. One of its key clients is Apple.