Samsung has just announced the ISOCELL JN1 camera sensor, which has a 50MP resolution and is aimed for smartphones. A single pixel is just 0.64 m in size, the tiniest the Korean business has ever made, and the complete sensor is 1/2.76” type.
The sensor is designed for “any smartphone, from mid-range to flagship,” according to the company. It incorporates ISOCELL 2.0 for improved pixel isolation and cross-talk reduction. In principle, improved materials between color filters should increase light sensitivity and color accuracy by preventing light from one pixel from leaking into subsequent pixels.
The ISOCELL JN1 has Tetrapixel technology, which combines four pixels into a single 1.28 m pixel, resulting in brighter 12.5 MP photos with reduced noise. This also permits real-time HDR, which involves taking two exposures at the same moment.
The phase-detection focusing has been upgraded as well, and is now known as Double Super PD. The micro-lens on top of the pixels of the ISOCELL JN1 has been modified by Samsung, which enhances autofocus speed and accuracy.
The sensor can take video at up to 4K@60fps and 1080p@240fps, but that will depend on whether the devices have the necessary chipset.
The Samsung ISOCELL JN1 is now in mass production, thus the first phones incorporating it shouldn’t be far in coming.