Samsung brings ISOCELL JN1 camera sensor with 0.64 um pixels
Samsung has just introduced its latest camera sensor – it is called ISOCELL JN1 and packs 50 MP with lots of hardware and software enhancements. The size of a single pixel is only 0.64 μm, which is the least the Korean company has ever produced, while the sensor is 1 / 2.76 ”.
The sensor is made for “every smartphone, from mid-range to flagship”. It has ISOCELL 2.0, which Samsung said is an advanced pixel isolation technology. In theory, it should improve light sensitivity and color fidelity with upgraded materials between color filters, when in reality it means more vibrant colors.
ISOCELL JN1 comes with Tetrapixel technology that essentially binds four neighboring pixels in Tetra Bayer formation to a large 1.28 μm pixel for bright 12.5 MP images with less noise. There is also support for inter-scene HDR – essentially the camera takes one photo with long exposure and high ISO and another with short exposure and low ISO and then combines them to visualize both highlights and shadows.
The phase detection function has also been improved and now comes under the name Double Super PD. Samsung redesigned the microlens on top of pixels in the ISOCELL JN1, which would enhance autofocus in fast-paced action-packed moments. There is also support for 4K @ 60fps (which also works if the smartphone chipset supports it) and 1080p @ 240 fps.
Samsung has stated that the ISOCELL JN1 is already in mass production without saying when we should expect phones with the new 50 MP sensor.