Published: Mon, August 12, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Samsung launches 108 million pixel image sensor with Xiaomi

Samsung launches 108 million pixel image sensor with Xiaomi

Samsung handsets have rarely been the best camera phones, but numerous cameras that other brands use come from Samsung, and the company has just unveiled another sensor - one with an enormous megapixel count.

In May 2019, Samsung unveiled a 64MP smartphone sensor, but although we've heard it rumored to debut on many phones from brands like Xiaomi, Realme and Redmi, nothing has actually released with the camera yet. The Bright HMX sensor is an industry first with a resolution equivalent to that of a high-end DSLR camera. "The sensor size has been increased to 1/1.33" which will be first for a smartphone which will help it to absorb more light in low-lit conditions. Meant for smartphones and mobile devices, it is the result of Samsung's collaboration with Chinese tech giant, Xiaomi, who last month announced plans to launch a new smartphone with a 108MP Samsung image sensor. The 1.33-inch size sensor comes with this Smart ISO mechanism where it automatically adjusts according to the illumination of the environment. The Korean manufacturer announced the ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor for smartphones with 108 Megapixels. It switches to low ISO in a bright environment to improve pixel saturation and produce vivid photographs and in a low light environment, it switches to high ISO to capture a less noisy and clearer picture.

In addition, the HMX supports video recording "without losses in field-of-view" at 6K resolution up to 30 frames per second.

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Samsung first announced its ISOCELL technology in 2013. "As we continue our partnership, we anticipate bringing not only new mobile camera experiences but also a platform through which our users can create unique content".

The ISOCELL Bright HMX sounds like Samsung's response to criticisms of the low-light and night time performance of its sensors, a solution that throws more pixels at the problem.

Samsung says the ISOCELL Bright HMX will be massed produced from later this month.

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