Samsung Electronics has been at the forefront when it comes to advanced semiconductor technology, and now the South Korean giant has brought the world’s smallest imaging sensor to the world. Programmed to be the smallest pixel-size sensor with high-power performance, it measures just 0.64 microns (μm). The 50MP ISOCELL JN1 sensor is now reaching mass production and promises a smaller footprint for the camera module. It should be noted that the sensor maintains a high resolution for next-generation smartphone photography.
Samsung’s idea here is to bring stellar photographic performance to even mid-range devices. That’s why the new sensor can be used as a high-quality selfie camera, a telephoto lens, or an ultra-wide sensor.
Traditionally smaller sensors mean a drop in photo quality, but Samsung’s new sensor actually improves on this. Together with software enhancements and ISOCELL 2.0 technology, the sensor will have almost 16 percent improved light sensitivity.
The new smaller sensor has Smart ISO technology for better dynamic range in high contrast situations. It is able to identify the lighting level in the environment to adjust the dynamic range, thus it is able to maintain details in highlighted sections and reduce noise in low-light areas.
Along with Smart ISO, the 0.64-micron sensor also features HDR between scenes for optimal exposure levels in the final image. The double superphase detection of the ISOCELL JN1 ensures autofocus is on the right spot even in darker surroundings.
In fact, it is expected to have an autofocus capability similar to surroundings with almost 60% less lighting. Video performance will also improve as it supports 4K resolution video recording at 60 frames per second or Full HD at 240 fps.
It is not yet known when this sensor will make its way to the next phones. But since it’s already being mass-produced, expect it to be seen on mid-range phones in late 2021 or even earlier!