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Samsung intros the 108 MP ISOCELL Bright HM1 image sensor

Samsung ISOCELL Bright HM1 image sensor (Source: Samsung Newsroom Global)
Samsung ISOCELL Bright HM1 image sensor (Source: Samsung Newsroom Global)
Samsung's next-gen 108 MP ISOCELL image sensor can deliver brighter and more detailed still images and 24 fps 8K videos even in the most difficult lighting conditions. The list of technologies used by the Bright HM1 image sensor includes Nonacell, Smart-ISO, real-time HDR, and more.
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Yesterday, Samsung unveiled that is now mass-producing a new 108 MP image sensor that promises to deliver better performance even when subjected to "extreme lighting conditions" that would normally require professional photo/video gear for good results.

According to the official press release, the ISOCELL Bright HM1 image sensor can provide "brighter and more detailed 108Mp photographs and crystal-clear 8K videos at 24 frames per second (fps)" when compared to similar existing solutions. The physical size of the sensor — 1/1.33 inches is quite impressive — but the digital processing part is also top-notch.

Although it uses 0.8 μm pixels, the ISOCELL Bright HM1 also takes advantage of Samsung's Tetracell and Nonacell pixel-binning technologies. This way, the new sensor can mimic a 2.4 μm (Nonacell) or 1.6 μm (Tetracell) pixel and achieve similar levels of image quality. The Bright HM1 image sensor also comes with Smart-ISO (the name should say it all), real-time HDR, and more.

Since the Samsung ISOCELL Bright HM1 is already in mass production, we should see the first handsets — made by third parties, since Samsung has already unveiled the Galaxy S20 Ultra which takes advantage of this new image sensor — that use it hit the market in the months to come.

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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, 2020-02-13 (Update: 2020-02-13)