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Samsung’s 12 Megapixel Image Sensor for Smartphones: Dual Pixel Technology for Rapid Auto-Focus, Fast Shooting & Improved Image Quality, Even in Low Light + Samsung’s ISOCELL Technology to Maximize the Sensor’s Performance

Samsung's 12 megapixel image sensor with Dual Pixel technology & ISOCELL technology

Samsung just announced its newest 12 megapixel (Mp) image sensor for smartphones, to improve the quality of mobile phone pictures.

Image grab from video below - "Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge: Official Introduction"

Image grab from video below – “Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge: Official Introduction”

  • Already in mass production, this 1.4μm-pixel-based image sensor is equipped with Dual Pixel technology that has been reserved for DSLR cameras.
Image grab from video below - "Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge: Official Introduction"

Image grab from video below – “Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge: Official Introduction”

  • The technology enables rapid auto-focus for fast photo shooting while producing premium image quality on mobile devices, even in low light situations.

The image sensor also uses Samsung’s ISOCELL technology, which isolates the photodiodes in each pixel with a physical wall to further reduce color cross talk, maximizing the image sensor’s performance.

The following video presents Samsung CMOS Image Sensors:

Samsung’s CMOS Image Sensors have made it easier than ever for people to capture and share beautiful clear images. Watch us take some amazing pictures using a smartphone and a DSLR camera, then we’ll do a quick comparison. You’ll see it’s the image sensor that makes a great smartphone camera.

PRESS RELEASE

Samsung Elevates Mobile Phone Picture Quality with Dual Pixel Technology in its Newest Image Sensor

Korea on March 09, 2016

Samsung Electronics, a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced its newest 12 megapixel (Mp) image sensor for smartphones, which will elevate the quality of mobile phone pictures. Already in mass production, this 1.4μm-pixel-based image sensor is equipped with Dual Pixel technology that has been reserved for DSLR cameras. The technology enables rapid auto-focus for fast photo shooting while producing premium image quality on mobile devices, even in low light situations.

“With 12 million pixels working as a phase detection auto-focus (PDAF) agent, the new image sensor brings professional auto-focusing performance to a mobile device,” said Ben K. Hur, Vice President of Marketing, System LSI Business at Samsung Electronics. “Consumers will be able to capture their daily events and precious moments instantly on a smartphone as the moments unfold, regardless of lighting conditions.”

Image grab from video below - "Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge: Official Introduction"

Image grab from video below – “Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge: Official Introduction”

Samsung’s new image sensor with Dual Pixel technology employs two photodiodes located on the left and right halves of a pixel, while a conventional image sensor dedicates less than five percent of its pixels, with one photodiode each that converts light particles into measurable photocurrent for phase detection. As each and every pixel of the Dual Pixel image sensor is capable of detecting phase differences of perceived light, significantly faster auto-focus has become possible. With such groundbreaking improvements, the image sensor ensures clear and sharp images especially for moving objects even in poor lighting conditions.

The image sensor has also adopted Samsung’s ISOCELL technology, which isolates the photodiodes in each pixel with a physical wall to further reduce color cross talk, maximizing the image sensor’s performance.

For top-of-the-line performance while keeping the size to a minimum, the new image sensor is built with cutting-edge chip-stacking technology. The Dual Pixel image sensor stacks a 65 nanometer (nm) sensor and 28nm logic chip together to deliver outstanding photo-taking experiences in today’s sleek smartphones.


The following video presents Samsung’s ISOCELL CMOS Image Sensors Deliver High-Quality Images:

This short, animated video takes a look into the key features of Samsung’s ISOCELL image sensor technology. ISOCELL is an improved pixel architecture that enables cameras to deliver amazing images, even in low light.

The following video presents Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge: Official Introduction:

Samsung Mobile is defying barriers once again with premium Galaxy smartphones that redefine the ways we imagine our technology. The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge will make you rethink what a phone can do.

[Design] Streamlined curves offer perfect grip and a slimmer feel without compromising a big immersive screen. It’s a powerhouse inside with expandable memory (SD-card slot), a Vulkan API for amazing gaming graphics, and a longer lasting battery. Take it in the rain, the shower, or the pool because it’s water resistant too.

[Camera]
Featuring a Dual Pixel 12MP phone camera with sub pixel technology found in professional cameras that activates just like your eyes for split-second autofocus. Shoot in the dark and own the night with larger pixels that capture more light for brighter photos.

[Samsung Pay] Leave your wallet at home because Samsung Pay is now available virtually anywhere you can swipe or tap your card. It’s easy to use and secured by Knox Security.

[Gear 360] Now you can truly break the boundaries of what a phone can do with the Gear 360 and Gear VR. Record your life with the 360 camera, preview it on the S7, and experience your memories like never before with the Gear VR headset.

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