22 August 2019
Samsung has officially announced the 108-megapixel smartphone camera which is the world's first sensor of its kind. It is the first camera sensor in the world to offer over 100 million pixels. The announcement means Samsung has broken its own record which it set by releasing the 64-megapixel sensor three months ago.
This new 108-megapixel sensor is known as the Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX. It features the same 0.8μm image sensor that we saw for the first time with the 64-megapixel offering. Samsung claims that the new sensor is capable of offering resolution equivalent to a high-end DSLR camera.
The camera sensor measures 1/1.33-inch in size which makes it one of the biggest sensors. A bigger size will result in capturing more light as compared to other sensors available in the market and should result in better low-light shots. Samsung has also made use of its Tetracell technology which is essentially pixel binning where four pixels are merged to create a single bigger pixel. It means the 108-megapixel sensor will be able to click 27-megapixel shots with more details and high sharpness.
There is a new feature called Smart ISO which will automatically adjust the ISO value depending on the lighting conditions in the surroundings. It means darker the surrounding will be, higher the ISO value it will choose. Samsung further says that the sensor is capable of shooting 6K videos (6016 x 3384 pixels) at 30fps.
The high-resolution camera sensor has been developed by Samsung in close collaboration with Xiaomi. This is the reason we saw Xiaomi teasing a 108-megapixel camera smartphone last week. It is speculated that the Mi MIX 4 will be the world's first smartphone to feature the camera. The exact release date for the smartphone is currently unknown but the sensor itself will go under mass production later this month.