48MP Cameras have become one of the biggest trends over the past six months, offering high resolution shots during the day and 12MP pixel-binned snaps at night. But why do you stop there? It seems to be Samsung's thinking, since it's just a 64MP camera sensor (h / t: r / Android).
The ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor offers a higher resolution than existing mobile cameras on the market, but maintains the same pixel size (0.8 micron) as current 48MP sensors. Samsung also uses Tetracell technology (it assumes pixel binning) to add data of four pixels into one, which results in 16MP 1.6 micron pixel snaps in essence.
The company confirmed that Android Authority that GW1 sensor size comes in at 1 / 1.72 inches. It's slightly larger than the 1/2-inch sensor size of 48MP cameras, probably due to the GW1 which needs space for its extra pixels. So you should expect the 64MP camera sensor to be a similar level of quality in low light as 48MP cameras in theory. But Samsung is also the sensor's HDR skill.
"To take photos that match the way the human eye views its environment in a mixed light environment, supports GW1 real-time high dynamic range (HDR) of up to 100 decibels (dB) that offers richer colors. In comparison, the dynamic range of a conventional image sensor is about 60dB, while it is typically considered as 120dB by the human eye, "the Korean manufacturer adds. Press release.
In addition, Samsung says the 64MP camera sensor also supports super-phase detection automatic focus technology, 480fps video recording, and Dual Conversion Gain (DCG). The latter feature apparently allows the sensor to efficiently utilize more receiving lights in more light environments.
This is not the only new addition to Samsung's sensor setup, as it also revealed the 48MP ISOCELL Bright GM-2 sensor. This is probably a follow-up to the GM1 sensor seen in the Redmi Note 7 and other phones. The GM-2 also offers DCG support and super-phase detection automatic focus.
Samsung says both sensors were launched for mass production in the second half of the year. This indicates that we will see 64MP smartphones by the end of 2019. Would you buy a phone with a 64MP camera? Give us your thoughts in the comments!