Back in October, Samsung unveiled new ISOCELL image sensors, which the company has now detailed ahead of the Mobile World Congress 2018, where the new Galaxy S9, and Galaxy S9+ are expected to be unveiled. What’s interesting here is that the details of the ISOCELL sensors uncannily match to what has been expected out of the cameras on the Galaxy S9 duo.
The image sensors will come with technologies such as Tetracell and Smart WDR to enhance image results. It is also revealed to enable features such as a variable aperture and slow-mo video recording, which have also been rumored to debut with the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ next month.
Samsung has revealed three new sensors, the ISOCELL Bright, ISOCELL Fast andISOCELL Slim. The former uses Samsung’s Tetracell technology to improve light sensitivity in low-light conditions by amalgamating four neighboring pixels into one giant pixel. The technology was originally announced back in last October.
Samsung has also integrated its Smart WDR feature into it, which enables the sensor to capture multiple exposures in a single shot. This is apparently to beautify selfies and the shots mainly taken by the front-facing camera. This also means, that the Tetracell and Smart WDR together will allow detailed images, not only in bright, but also in dark environments.
The ISOCELL Fast, on the other hand, is believed to enable full-HD (1080p) video recording at an as high frame rate as 480fps. Samsung has also enabled faster autofocus with advanced PDAF (Phase Detecting Autofocus) technologies that come through Dual Pixel and Super PD sensor.
Similarly, there is an ISOCELL Slim that provides a high-resolution image using a thin and small sensor of 0.9 microns. Samsung has also designed its ISOCELL Dual that enables features such as optical zoom, low-light shooting, and depth sensor for out-focusing effects. The dual camera setup-empowering ISOCELL Dual is likely to get a top-notch treatment on the Galaxy S9+ that is rumored to come with two sensors on the back.
Basically, in much simpler words, with the new sensors, you can expect improved speed in the future Samsung smartphones to focus, as well as the ability for the camera to keep locked-on and track moving objects. And this will all be possible in low light too. The Slim sensor also vows to keep the next smartphone bump-free, while also delivering ‘bokeh’ depth of focus effects with just a single lens.