Samsung held a surprising livestream event to announce its latest advancement in camera technology, the ISOCELL JN1
With its 0.64 micrometer pixel size, the ISOCELL JN1 is significantly smaller than the company’s latest breakthrough, the 0.70 micrometer Isocell Slim GH1. Samsung says it can reduce camera bump by 10%, and since the sensor is already in production, we could see it in a phone within a year.
However, reducing the pixel size has a few drawbacks. Smaller pixels absorb less light than larger pixels, resulting in noise or blurry images, especially in low light. But Samsung has a few remedies that should help the ISOCELL JN1 take better photos than its predecessors.
One of the biggest improvements is Samsung’s new ISOCELL 2.0 technology, which replaces the light-blocking metal barrier between color filters with a less-obtrusive material, increasing light sensitivity by 16%. Other tricks include the dual super PD autofocus system, plus a low-light mode that combines pixels in groups of four, increasing light sensitivity by 400% (but lowering the sensor’s resolution to 12.5 megapixels).
Samsung says the ISOCELL JN1 is currently in mass production. It is likely to debut as the main camera in an upcoming device from Samsung or another manufacturer, although it could also be used in ultra-wide, telephoto or selfie cameras.
Source: Samsung via Engadget