Samsung unveils the world’s smallest 50MP image sensor for phones


Samsung has been pumping out a lot of high-resolution image sensors of late, allowing smartphones to reach never-before-seen megapixel counts. But those would often mean having a physically larger sensor, which is not always easy to incorporate into devices. Enter Samsung ISOCELL JN1, a new sensor that implements tiny 0.64μm pixels to achieve a smaller size while retaining the 50MP resolution.

Samsung calls it “the most versatile image sensor” yet, as its small size allows it to be used as the primary camera on slimmer devices, as the selfie camera, or even as a telephoto or ultra-wide lens. With an optical format of 1/2.76-inches and a Z-axis height reduction of about 10% (presumably against high-res sensors with relatively larger pixels), the ISOCELL JN1 takes up lesser space inside a phone. Moreover, OEMs can easily integrate it into existing designs with a standard 1/2.8-inch slot.

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Samsung has been pumping out a lot of high-resolution image sensors of late, allowing smartphones to reach never-before-seen megapixel counts. But those would often mean having a physically larger sensor, which is not always easy to incorporate into devices. Enter Samsung ISOCELL JN1, a new sensor that implements tiny 0.64μm pixels to achieve a smaller size while retaining the 50MP resolution.

Samsung calls it “the most versatile image sensor” yet, as its small size allows it to be used as the primary camera on slimmer devices, as the selfie camera, or even as a telephoto or ultra-wide lens. With an optical format of 1/2.76-inches and a Z-axis height reduction of about 10% (presumably against high-res sensors with relatively larger pixels), the ISOCELL JN1 takes up lesser space inside a phone. Moreover, OEMs can easily integrate it into existing designs with a standard 1/2.8-inch slot.

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