Samsung Isocell GN2 announced: What the Pixel 6 should be using?

Samsung Isocell GN2 announced: What the Pixel 6 should be using?

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  • Samsung has introduced the 50MP Isocell GN2 digicam sensor.
  • It provides larger pixels and a bigger sensor dimension than its predecessor.
  • The new sensor is presently in mass manufacturing.

Samsung introduced the 50MP Isocell GN1 final 12 months, making for a departure from its 108MP sensors. The GN1’s decrease decision was off-set by its a lot larger pixels, enabling vital enhancements for low-light seize on paper.

Now, Samsung has introduced a successor to the Isocell GN1, referred to as the Isocell GN2. This is a 50MP sensor as nicely, however it provides a bigger sensor dimension (1/1.12-inch) and greater pixels (1.four microns) than its predecessor. The pixel dimension particularly is notable, as this is identical dimension because the IMX363 sensor utilized in most of Google’s Pixel telephones.

A bigger pixel dimension ends in higher picture high quality when the solar goes down, so we sit up for seeing normal photos from the brand new sensor. In any occasion, the Isocell GN2 can also be able to utilizing four-in-one pixel-binning to ship photos roughly similar to a 12.5MP 2.eight micron pixel digicam. 

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The enhancements don’t finish right here both, as Samsung says the Isocell GN2 is its first sensor to supply Dual Pixel Pro tech. This is an upgraded model of section detection autofocus, which sees two photodiodes inside every pixel getting used for quicker autofocus. But the upgraded tech additionally allows “all-direction focusing” as a result of the truth that pixels could be cut up each vertically or diagonally. Samsung claims that the diagonal method allows the “focusing brokers” to higher acknowledge the highest and backside of a body.

 Samsung Isocell GN2Samsung Isocell GN1Samsung Isocell Bright HM3
Sensor dimension1/1.12-inch1/1.31-inch1/1.33-inch
Pixel dimension1.four microns1.2 microns0.eight microns
Pixel-binning12.5MP 2.eight microns
(four-in-one binning)
12.5MP 2.four microns
(four-in-one binning)
12MP 2.four microns

Samsung’s newest 50MP digicam sensor additionally brings staggered HDR performance, which was lacking from the Isocell GN1. This sounds just like conventional HDR tech, because the sensor captures brief, medium, and lengthy exposures. But it’s claimed that this method provides 24% decrease energy consumption in comparison with real-time HDR seen on the earlier sensor.

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The earlier sensor and the brand new sensor each function Smart ISO tech, which intelligently chooses the perfect ISO for a scene. But the Samsung Isocell GN2 additionally brings Smart ISO Pro performance, so how does this differ?

“Unlike Smart ISO, which makes use of readouts from a single ISO per image, Smart ISO Pro, which makes use of an intra-scene twin conversion achieve (iDCG) answer, takes readouts from each excessive and low ISO to immediately create excessive dynamic vary pictures with much less motion-artifacts,” Samsung defined in an e mail press launch. It provides that Smart ISO Pro additionally permits for the seize and processing of a number of frames in excessive ISO, bringing it to virtually a million ISO for terribly darkish scenes.

Much just like the earlier sensor, the Isocell GN2 can also be able to churning out 100MP pictures by way of its 50MP sensor. This is completed by creating “three particular person layers of 50MP frames in inexperienced, crimson, and blue” after which utilizing a remosaic algorithm to supply a 100MP photograph. We’re guessing {that a} 108MP sensor could be higher at precise 100MP+ pictures.

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Samsung’s new 50MP sensor additionally delivers within the video area, capturing 4K/120fps slow-motion or 480fps video at FHD. You’re additionally getting 8K/24fps recording, which looks like a gentle downgrade on paper over the GN1’s 8K/30fps capabilities.

The Isocell GN2 is presently in mass manufacturing, which suggests we’ll see it sooner slightly than later. For what it’s price, Vivo was the one model to make use of the Isocell GN1 in its telephones. But tipster Ice Universe reckons that the brand new sensor will land within the Mi 11 Ultra. Xiaomi beforehand used an Omnivision 48MP sensor within the Mi 10 Ultra and Omnivision lately launched its personal 50MP sensor. So we’ll want to attend and see to search out out whether or not the brand new Xiaomi telephone has Samsung’s sensor.


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