Samsung has revealed that it is going to start mass producing its brand new image sensor for smartphones, the industry's first 1.0μm pixel 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor, making it 20 per cent smaller than the current sensors in use in smartphone cameras today.
This means that the camera module on future Samsung smartphones can be smaller, which will also lead to slimmer phones. This is good news, as the cameras currently phone in the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge protrude out of the back of the phone, rather than being flat.
The new 16 megapixel sensor will also increase light sensitivity significantly: “Using ISOCELL technology dramatically reduces colour crosstalk of neighbouring pixels by adding physical barriers between each pixel. This substantially increases light sensitivity and effectively controls the collection of photons, resulting in higher colour fidelity even in poor lighting condition”, Samsung wrote in its announcement.
It is likely that Samsung's new camera technology will arrive on smartphones next year, with the Galaxy S7 being a prime candidate. Samsung will also probably be the first company to make use of the technology.
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KitGuru Says: I'm not a big fan of the way the cameras stick out on the back of devices like the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6, so this new technology is pretty good news. How important is the camera on a smartphone to you? Does it play a big part in your buying decision?