64-megapixel smartphone cameras are on the way

64-megapixel smartphone cameras are on the way 64-megapixel smartphone cameras are on the way
Samsung today announced the launch of ISOCELL Bright GW1, the world's first 64-megapixel sensor for smartphones.

It delivers a new imaging sensor of 0.8 micrometers, Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1, with 64 megapixels and ISOCELL Bright GM2 with 48 megapixels, the company said in a statement.

With the launch of the two new imaging sensors, Samsung indicated that its series of 0.8-micron pixel sensors - the smallest size available on the market today - has expanded from the current 20 megapixel sensor to the highest sensitivity of 64 megapixels.

Samsung explained that GW1, supports the integration of pixel technology which allows to take 16 megapixels iamges, by merging four pixels together, and thus the sensor can capture the best images in low - light conditions, given that the sensor size will be larger than the size of the Current sensors, with a resolution of 48 megapixels.

The GW1 will also let smartphones read out the entire sensor, giving you full 64 megapixel images in good lighting conditions. While Sony's 48-megapixel "quad-bayer" IMX586 sensor already has that capability, Samsung's current 48-megapixel sensor tech does not. As such, Samsung is also launching the 48-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GM2 that to give smartphones full 48-megapixel capability in daylight conditions.

To capture images similar to the way the human eye sees its surroundings in a mixed lighting environment, the new real-time sensor supports a high dynamic range of ​​100 dB, providing richer color tones, according to Samsung.

The high dynamic range provided by the current imaging sensors is about 60 decibels, whereas in the human eye is about 120 decibels.

Samsung started sending sensors samples to smartphone factories and expects to launch the mass production phase in the second half of this year.