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Samsung intros 48 MP and 32 MP 0.8 μm ISOCELL sensors

Samsung ISOCELL GM1 and ISOCELL GD1 (Source: Samsung Global Newsroom)
Samsung ISOCELL GM1 and ISOCELL GD1 (Source: Samsung Global Newsroom)
The 48 MP ISOCELL Bright GM1 and 32 MP ISOCELL Bright GD1 are Samsung's new 0.8-micrometer image sensors for mobile devices that enable camera module manufacturers to build smaller modules or cram more pixels into existing designs. These sensors support Gyro-based image stabilization and the Tetracell technology for increased light sensitivity.
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Smartphone photography technology is now moving forward at an impressive pace and Samsung is one of the big names leading the efforts in this field. Earlier today, the company has unveiled two new image sensors, both belonging to the ISOCELL family of products: the 0.8-micrometer(μm) 48 MP Bright GM1 and 32 MP Bright GD1.

According to the official press release, "the new sensors provide greater design flexibility, enabling camera module manufacturers to build smaller modules or pack more pixels into existing designs, and consequently allowing smartphone makers to maximize space utilization in slim, bezel-less smartphones."

The Tetracell technology used in these sensors merges together four pxiels to work as one, thus increasing the light sensitivity value. When compared to a 1.6-micrometer sensor at 12 MP and 8 MP, the 0.8-micrometer GM1 and GD1 can deliver the same light sensitivity, but — as highlighted by Samsung — the smaller pixel size allows for more compact camera modules that deliver the same performance.

In addition to the aforementioned Tetracell tech, the ISOCELL Bright GM1 and Bright GD1 also feature support for Gyro-based electronic image stabilization, but the real-time HDR feature is only present in the GD1. 

The new sensors are expected to enter mass production in the final quarter of the year, so we will probably see them at work in new handsets in early 2019, if not before the end of 2018.

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In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2018-10-30 (Update: 2018-10-30)