With the launch of the Galaxy S21 series, Samsung has just introduced its new 108-megapixel mobile image sensor, Samsung ISOCELL HM3. This new sensor is used in the Galaxy S21 Ultra which is the top model in the S21 series.
In addition to promising a greater dynamic range and a smaller amount of noise. The launch embodies a series of technologies developed to improve the quality of the focus, which are combined with the laser set to offer a superior experience to the previous generation.
“While a pixel is just a single dot of color when in millions, these dots can be transformed into stunning snapshots of life. With more pixels, images are sharper, with fuller details that can maintain their integrity even when enlarged. Samsung has been at the forefront of bringing the most pixels to mobile image sensors as well as various supporting technologies that take sensor performances to the next level. The ISOCELL HM3 is the culmination of Samsung’s latest sensor technologies that will help deliver premium mobile experiences to today’s smart-device users.”
Duckhyun Chang, executive vice president of the sensor business at Samsung Electronics
Samsung ISOCELL HM3 Technical Features
Starting with the technical aspects, the Samsung ISOCELL HM3 is a sensor with 1 / 1.33″ and 0.8 micron pixels. It features a Nonapixel RGB Bayer Pattern color filter, with 12-bit color depth. There is also an analog gain of x16 when operating at 108MP and x48 in other modes, captures 10 FPS at 108MP and 90 FPS at 12MP. Captures videos at 8K at 30 FPS, 4K at 120 FPS and Full HD at 240 FPS, as well as Smart- ISO Pro, which combines two images to enhance the brightness, and Staggered HDR.
The highlight is the Super-PD Plus technology, a phase detection autofocus system (PDAF) that uses optimized microlenses to guarantee the autofocus speed even in low light scenarios. According to Samsung, the feature allows users to take photographs of people and objects in motion without blur and with great speed.