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Samsung aims to make a 600-megapixel mobile camera sensor

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The bigger the number, the better. That’s pretty much the mantra of most tech companies, including Samsung.

Some will argue that the bigger the pixel count on a mobile camera doesn’t fully translate to better images. However, Samsung’s camera sensor business believes that they can cram more megapixels on a small mobile sensor without sacrificing the image quality — if they can overcome the obstacles.

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The credibility of each individual pixels inside a sensor is important for light gathering. And for those who are unfamiliar: the better the sensor can gather light, the better the image it produces. In order to capture light effectively, individual pixels has to be large.

So to make each pixel bigger, Samsung introduced tetracell and nanocell technologies. This will combine two or more individual pixels to form a single one, thus increasing their size.

Samsung ISOCELL Technology Explained | Part 1

Samsung’s ISOCELL technology, as the name suggests, isolates each pixel to prevent the light from escaping to the pixels next to it.

With this technology, Samsung was able to make a 108-megapixel sensor — the biggest in the market today. It’s used on devices such as the Mi Note 10 and Samsung’s own flagship, the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Samsung ISOCELL Technology Explained | Part 2

There are already rumors suggesting that Samsung is already working on a 1-inch 150-megapixel camera sensor and Xiaomi will get first dibs on it. Possibly for the Mi Note 11.

But knowing Samsung, they won’t stop there. As per Yongin Park, head of Samsung camera sensor business, they are aiming to achieve a camera sensor with a whopping 600-megapixel resolution.

The executive didn’t go into detail about it but considering Samsung’s trajectory and business strategy, we’re not surprised that this is part of the tech giant’s plan.

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