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Samsung Launches the First 108MP Camera Sensor for Smartphones

As per photography, we are yet to see the best. OEMs and sensor makers like will no doubt continue to push it beyond boundaries. Samsung announced its 48MP camera sensor back in May. And just while we expect to see that sensor in a mass-market phone soon, the electronics giant is out again with the ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor. The new sensor, made in collaboration with Xiaomi boasts of a mouth-watering 108MP camera sensor.

Xiaomi has been forthcoming with its camera ambition- hinting that it will be the first to release smartphones with the 108 million pixels ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor. The Bright HMX sensor is an industry first with a resolution equivalent to that of a high-end DSLR camera. It is the first mobile sensor to adopt a large 1/1.33-inch size.

With this, the HMX  can take in more light in low-lit settings than smaller sensors and its pixel-merging Tetracell technology allows the sensor to imitate big-pixel sensors, producing brighter 27Mp images. While in a well-lit environment, the sensor switches to its Smart-ISO. This allows the sensor to intelligently select the level of amplifier gains according to the illumination of the environment for optimal light-to-electric signal conversion. It then switches to a low ISO to improve pixel saturation for vivid photographs.

The mechanism uses a high ISO in darker settings to reduce noise, resulting in clearer pictures. The HMX supports video recording without losses in field-of-view at resolutions up to 6K (6016 x 3384) 30-frames-per-second (fps).

Key Specs of Samsung 108MP Camera Sensor

1. The ISOCELL Bright HMX produces exceptional photos even in extreme lighting conditions

2. This sensor is larger than Samsung’s 64MP GW-1 (1/1.72-inch) and 48MP cameras (1/2-inch).

3. In bright environments, the Smart-ISO, a mechanism that intelligently selects the level of amplifier gains according to the illumination of the environment for optimal light-to-electric signal conversion, switches to a low ISO to improve pixel saturation and produce vivid photographs. The mechanism uses a high ISO in darker settings that helps reduce noise, resulting in clearer pictures.

4. The sensor also makes use of Smart ISO technology, and is able to shoot 6K video (6,016 x 3,384) at 30fps.

ISOCELL Bright HMX SENSOR Enters Mass Production

Samsung says mass production of the ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor begins later this month. However, Xiaomi had earlier this month confirmed it has a smartphone with the ISOCELL Bright HMX in the making. So, we are expected to start seeing smartphones with 108MP camera sensor before the end of the year.

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