Samsung continues to advance the development of not only mobile phones and devices, but also components. One of the sectors in which it has shown the most muscle is the photographic sector, with its Isocell division.
This department of the company has created some of the most striking photographic sensors of the last year, such as the 108 Mpx sensors mounted on models like the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra or the Xiaomi Mi Note 10.
Today the company officially presented a sensor that had been talked about for a few weeks, the ISOCELL GN1. This new product has a photographic capacity of 50 Mpx, with a pixel size of 1.2 μm.
The highlight of this sensor is not the resolution, as we might think, but the brightness and focus. Samsung has worked to make it capable of taking more light and better shots in night photography. In addition, it boasts an autofocus system similar to that of reflex cameras, the DSLR, with a PDAF (phase detection auto-focus) focus of 100 million zones.
In other words, two diodes have been placed on each pixel of the 50 million that the sensor has, and that makes the focus speed, even in low light, really high.
Another of the functions of this double diode in each pixel is to extract differentiated information of light and focus and get to have images of 100 Mpx, although it would not be native resolution, but interpolated.
As expected, the Pixel Binning of 4 pixels to 1 is maintained, allowing 12.5 Mpx images with greater detail and better dynamic range.
Finally, Samsung has announced a feature called Smart-ISO that intelligently selects the optimal ISO, and the ability to use HDR in real time. This sensor also supports electronic image stabilization (EIS) and video recording with a resolution of up to 8K at 30 fps.