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New 64Mp sensor for mobiles

May 9, 2019.

Isocell Bright GW1.

Isocell Bright GW1. © Samsung.

Last July, Sony introduced its 48-megapixel sensor for smartphones, the IMX586, which was already pretty impressive. On Thursday, Samsung responded with its 64-megapixel sensor, the Isocell Bright GW1. This means that it is more powerful than the highest-quality traditional cameras, like the Nikon D850 (45.7Mp), the Sony a7R III (42.4Mp) or the Canon EOS 5DS (50.6Mp). But it comes with a technological trick similar to Sony’s: in bright settings, you’ll get a 64Mp image, whereas in low-light conditions, the technology merges 4 pixels into one, producing a 16Mp image (which is still better than Sony’s 12Mp). Samsung’s Isocell Bright GW1 sensor should start being mass-produced in the second half of 2019. We don’t know when we’ll start seeing it in our phones, but Samsung will probably feature it in its next-generation Galaxy devices (the Note 10, in August or September 2019, and the S11, in February or March 2020).

Samsung Newsroom, “Samsung to Bring Industry’s Highest Resolution for Mobile Cameras with New 64Mp ISOCELL Image Sensor.”

Engadget, “Samsung sensor paves the way for 64-megapixel smartphone cameras.”