Samsung launches ISOCELL JN1, the smallest 0.64μm-pixel mobile image sensor

Samsung Electronics has introduced the industry’s first 0.64 micrometers (μm) image sensor, the 50 megapixels (Mp) Samsung ISOCELL JN1. Equipped with the latest pixel technologies such as enhanced ISOCELL 2.0, Smart-ISO, and Double Super PDAF, the JN1 can capture more vivid images on the industry’s smallest 50Mp image sensor.

With such advanced technologies all embedded in a small 1/2.76-inch optical format, the ISOCELL JN1 is the most versatile image sensor yet from Samsung. The company says it has a 16% improvement in light sensitivity over the previous 48-megapixel sensors. For low-light environments, the sensor uses Samsung’s four-to-one pixel binning technology, Tetrapixel, which merges four adjacent 0.64 μm pixels into one big 1.28μm-pixel to quadruple light sensitivity for brighter 12.5 Mp photographs. As a result, the new sensor allows you to take brighter pictures in low-light conditions.

The JN1 is compatible with existing 1/2.8-inch products, allowing the sensor to be used for front-facing, ultra-wide, or telephoto cameras, in addition to standard wide camera options. It can be used both in the main camera of an inexpensive smartphone and in the front camera of a top model. Users can take highly detailed selfies or group pictures in an amazing 50Mp resolution and high-resolution video at up to 4K and high-zoom ratios.

The ISOCELL JN1 integrates improved Double Super PD for faster auto-focus that features twice the density of pixels (1/16) used for phase detection than previous Super PD (1/32). This enables the same auto-focus performance even in environments with about 60% less illumination levels. The image sensor supports up to 4K resolution video recording at 60 frames-per-second (fps) or full HD at 240fps.

The Samsung ISOCELL JN1 is currently in mass production.

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