Samsung announces the first 108MP camera sensor designed for smartphones

midian182

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Back in May, Samsung introduced the 64-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GW1. Last month, Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi posted an image taken on an unknown handset showing the level of detail this sensor can capture. Additionally, Realme CEO Madhav Sheth Realme showed off some photos taken by its 64MP quad-camera phone, which also uses the GW1 sensor, that can shoot images up to 9,216 x 6,912.

While we’re still waiting for a handset with a 64MP camera to release, Samsung has unveiled its ISOCELL Bright HMX, which ups the megapixel count to a massive 108MP. Like the 48MP and 64MP sensors, this latest version is part of Samsung’s 0.8-micrometer (μm) image sensor lineup.

The new 1/1.33-inch sensor is another to utilize pixel-merging Tetracell technology, which merges four pixels into one, allowing it to take 27MP photos in low-light environments. It also uses smart ISO technology and can record lossless 6K video (6,016 x 3,384) at 30fps.

Samsung says it worked in close collaboration with Xiaomi during the development of the sensor, adding that mass production will begin later this month. The Chinese company last week announced that it would be releasing a 108MP phone, possibly the Mi Mix 4 or the Mi 10.

“We are very pleased that picture resolutions previously available only in a few top-tier DSLR cameras can now be designed into smartphones,” said Lin Bin, co-founder and president of Xiaomi. “As we continue our partnership, we anticipate bringing not only new mobile camera experiences but also a platform through which our users can create unique content.”

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Tuxie

TS Rookie
It doesn't matter how great the sensor is, though. Smart phone producers will kill the image by putting extreme levels of "unsharp mask" filter in forced (impossible to disable) post processing on the image, making it look unnatural anyway.

Even the example photo with the cat looks like someone took a good photo with a good camera, but then loaded it into Photoshop and added WAY too much unsharp mask filter on it, ruining it.
 

wiyosaya

TS Evangelist
It doesn't matter how great the sensor is, though. Smart phone producers will kill the image by putting extreme levels of "unsharp mask" filter in forced (impossible to disable) post processing on the image, making it look unnatural anyway.

Even the example photo with the cat looks like someone took a good photo with a good camera, but then loaded it into Photoshop and added WAY too much unsharp mask filter on it, ruining it.
And phones will never contain quality lenses.
 

yRaz

Nigerian Prince
This just in! Depending on manufacturer, this new sensor will come with either a notch or holepunch. This is to be regarded as a feature
 

etempest

TS Member
This just in! Depending on manufacturer, this new sensor will come with either a notch or holepunch. This is to be regarded as a feature
It will be a while before this is on the front facing self-camera that causes the fun notch / hole punch / under the screen (what we see next).
 

PEnnn

TS Addict
I guess those phones will need Terabyte drives to store those huge files.......what a pathetic gimmick.
If megapixels are truly that important, Nikon, Cannon et al would have had 100+ by now, but there is a reason they didn't.