Samsung Reveals New ISOCELL Camera Sensors, May Hint to Galaxy S9 Camera Upgrades
The Galaxy S9 isn’t too far away now. We have seen a lot of information about it, from CAD renders and case renders to rumored ship dates. Samsung has confirmed that the phone will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress next month, and it’s expected to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip in US and China markets and Samsung’s Exynos 9810 in international markets. Now, Samsung has revealed a new ISOCELL camera sensor family, hinting at the Galaxy S9’s camera capabilities
The first product in the new ISOCELL lineup is ISOCELL Bright, which uses Samsung’s Tetracell tech to improve light sensitivity by amalgamating four neighboring pixels into one big pixel. The technology was announced last year, and Samsung integrated a Smart WDR feature that enables the sensor to record multiple exposures in a single shot. The mix of Tetracell and Smart WDR allows the new camera sensor to capture greater detail in both bright and dark lighting conditions compared to competing products on the market.
Next in the new ISOCELL series is a three-stack fast readout sensor called ISOCELL Fast, which supports Full HD video recording at frame rates as high as 480 FPS and high-speed PDAF autofocus that leverages Samsung’s Dual Pixel and Super PD technologies. The ISOCELL Slim, meanwhile, is a 24MP high-resolution sensor that’s “thin and small”, with a tiny 0.9 micron pixel size.
Finally, Samsung revealed ISOCELL Dual, a camera sensor that supports features such as optical zoom, low light shots, and bokeh adjustment.
So what conclusions can we draw from the new ISOCELL sensor family about the Galaxy S9’s camera features? Since the Galaxy S9+ is rumored to have dual cameras, there’s a pretty good chance it’ll have some variant of the ISOCELL Dual. The sensors announced this week probably won’t be the ones used on the Galaxy S9, but their features might show up in Samsung’s 2018 flagship phone.
The Galaxy S9 reportedly has Dual Pixel sensors with large pixel sizes, and might have features such as a variable aperture and slow-motion video recording. It’s also rumored to have a “Super Speed” camera tech, a 12MP Dual Pixel rear camera and an 8MP front camera with autofocus, optical image stabilization, a “Super Slow-mo” mode, and a variable aperture range from f/1.5 to f/2.4.
We expect to learn more about the Galaxy S9 and the S9+ in the days leading to the launch event.