11 June 2021
Samsung has officially introduced a new 50-megapixel ISOCELL JN1 camera sensor. It is touted as the world's smallest 50-megapixel sensor as it measures just 0.64-micrometer (μm)-pixel. It is further packed with a number of camera sensor technologies like enhanced ISOCELL 2.0, Smart ISO, and Double Super PDAF.
The Samsung ISOCELL JN1 camera sensor is powered by Tetrapixel technology. It combines four pixels into one 1.28μm pixel that results in 12.5MP still images. It will essentially quadruple the light sensitivity that should result in better details and less noise in the shots. It is capable of shooting videos in up to 4K at 60fps and slow-motion videos in up to 1080p at 240fps.
One of the best things about this sensor is that it can be used for front-facing, ultra-wide, and telephoto cameras. It means OEMs will be able to implement it for different purposes, especially for offering high-resolution selfies. Since it is one of the smallest camera sensors, it will also reduce the camera module height by about 10%.
Smart ISO is a feature that will automatically adapt ISO depending on the surroundings. It will opt for Low ISO mode in bright settings to retain detail in the highlights. High ISO will be for low-light situations so that readout noise can be reduced and overall performance can be improved.
The announcement revealed that Samsung has already begun ISOCELL JN1 camera sensor mass production. There are no words on when we can expect the sensor to show up in smartphones but it should not be too far away.