Samsung has officially unveiled the world’s first 108-megapixel sensor for smartphones. The sensor is a result of the Korean company’s partnership with Xiaomi and is expected to debut on an upcoming Mi handset.
The ISOCELL Bright HMX features the same 0.8μm pixel size as that on Samsung’s 64-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GW1. It is fitted in a larger 1/1.33-inch sensor, allowing the HMX to absorb more light.
As with the previous ultra-high-resolution sensors from Samsung, the Bright HMX can combine smaller pixels to create a superpixel, resulting in a brighter and — this time — larger 27-megapixel output. It has a smart ISO feature, which automatically adjusts the ISO depending on the light available on the scene.
But here’s where things get a little more interesting. The ISOCELL Bright HMX is capable of 6K — or 6016 x 3384 — video recording at 30fps, all without losses in field of view. Currently, smartphones can shoot only up to 4K.
While there were some that attempted 8K UHD, the frame-per-second capture was still a little too slow to create a usable video output. If Xioami and Samsung can pull this off, this will be a game-changer.
Xiaomi co-founder and president Lin Bin said that the company worked closely together with Samsung, from the early conceptual stage to production, and will continue their partnership to bring new camera experiences.
According to Samsung, mass production for the ISOCELL Bright HMX will begin later this month.
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