Samsung introduces faster, slimmer ISOCELL image sensors
Samsung introduced today in Korea the ISOCELL Fast 2L9 and ISOCELL Slim 2X7, two new image sensors from the company’s new ISOCELL brand. With the rising popularity of dual, and even quad camera setups, as well as large screen and bezel-less designs, these new sensors will allow for enhanced camera features on smartphones, without a camera bump, as Samsung claims.
The ISOCELL Fast 2L9 is a 1.28-micrometer 12MP sensor with dual pixel technology that delivers fast auto-focus, even in low light environments. This may sound the same as the previous dual pixel sensor, but that one had a pixel size of 1.4-micrometers. The reduced pixel size of 1.28-micrometers on the 2L9 will essentially make it easier to pack a high-quality dual pixel camera module in slimmer devices that will be devoid of any camera bump.
On the other hand, the ISOCELL Slim 2X7 is a 0.9-micrometer 24MP sensor that features Tetracell technology, which merges pixels together as one to increase sensitivity in low light, and uses a re-mosaic algorithm to make for more detailed photos in brighter environments. The sensor also uses DTI (deep trench isolation), ISOCELL’s improved technology that gives better color and less noise. The 2X7 with its pixel size of only 0.9-micrometer is the first in the industry below 1-micrometer. It will enable premium, slim smartphones to pack a 24MP camera module without much of a camera bump.