Samsung announces ISOCELL image sensor for mobile

Not to be left behind by the competition’s advancements in mobile camera technology, Samsung has just unveiled their new advanced pixel technology for CMOS image sensors designed for premium mobile devices, the ISOCELL.


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ISOCELL builds on the strengths of a BSI (Back Side Illumination) sensor by improving the way the sensor absorbs light. The new technology “forms a physical barrier between neighboring pixels – isolating the pixel. This isolation enables more photons to be collected from the micro-lens and absorbed into the correct pixel’s photodiode minimizing undesired electrical crosstalk between pixels and allowing expanded full well capacity (FWC).”


Samsung claims that the ISOCELL pixels can decrease crosstalk by about 30 percent which results to higher color fidelity, better sharpness, and greater dynamic range (see image above). However, the company has to sacrifice some camera resolution and dropped it to 8 megapixel in exchange for better image quality.

In addition, ISOCELL can reduce the height of the camera module to make it suitable for slim and small form factor mobile devices with challenging low z-height requirements. The Galaxy S5 or Galaxy Note 4 perhaps?

Samsung is currently sampling their new image sensor to customers but is expected for mass production in Q4 of 2013.


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This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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  2. Avatar for lolz lolz says:

    sa mga iphone bashers na pinagtatawanan ang 8 megapixels (bigger sensor) ng iphone 5S, wala daw improvement same lang daw etc.

    from the article above:
    “However, the company has to sacrifice some camera resolution and dropped it to 8 megapixel in exchange for better image quality.”

    pinagaaralan kasi lahat yan, wag masyado pixel peepers :). walang pinagbago, gumaya na naman ng prinsipyo :D

  3. Avatar for Fujin Fujin says:

    Samsung and Low-light Imaging in one sentence? Ahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! hindi kapani paniwala.

    Since Nokia is gone and I’m not supporting MS and WP anyway after they’ve done to Nokia, I’ll jump ship to iPhone 5s na.

    iOS 7 looks great and feels great anyway without the lag, and it fits my lifestyle. iOS 7 is Pure, Classy and Easy. I want a phone to do everything for me. I tried S3 last year but the camera is horrible beyond belief. Samsung = low quality talaga.

  4. Avatar for copyCatDroid copyCatDroid says:


  5. Avatar for abuzalzal abuzalzal says:


    Do you remember when Samsung cheated on their Android benchmarks for Galaxy S4. LOL.

    At least, Cherry Mobile is much more honest than Samsung and that’s why I love them.

    • Avatar for john john says:

      wow Cherry Mobile is honest? alam mo ba na yung Flare ay TN TFT lang ang screen niya pero CM advertised them na IPS daw ang screen niya. ang daming naloko. kawawa yung mga naniwala at ipinasok pa sa kokoti nila na IPS parin daw ang flare nila kahit sobrang pangit ng screen at washed out ang colors niya. kasi di pa sila nakahawak ng cp na may totong IPS screen. Honest ba tawag mo dun? hahaha.

    • Avatar for begin begin says:

      Samsung is better than che…wait no. Cherry mobile isn’t even a fraction of the s4.

  6. Avatar for abuzalzal abuzalzal says:

    To see is to believe

    na-goyo na tayo ng HTC ONE at LUMIA 1020

    Over-promising and under-delivering is the thing customers don’t want

    • Avatar for thor thor says:

      lumia 1020 has the best camera.

    • Avatar for Mang Kanor Mang Kanor says:

      Lelz! Enough of your barking, lagi mong nakakalimutang magsuot ng muzzle mo! Do you have a proof na talagang may panggogoyo sa Lumia 1020?

    • Avatar for wew wew says:

      FYI ang camera performance ng HTC One at lumia 1020 ay hindi pure gimmick…ung sa htc one kasi nageexcel sila sa low light situations….kung di ka naman malimit kumuha ng photos sa gabi kahit di ka na mag htc one ok na.MAS LALO NA ANG LUMIA 1020 hahaha sila pa ang sinabi mong gimmick…eh talo a nga nila sa quality ang mga point-and-shoot cameras eh…in fact mas maganda pa ung sa 1020 kaysa dun sa s4 zoom,washed out colors,distorted noise when zooming and many more cons…kahit cnung tao hindi pipiliin ang s4 zoom over 1020 dahil lang sa optical zoom nila…ang 1020 akhit di izoom ok lang kasi pagcinrop malinaw pa rin since 41mp ung camera nya

    • Avatar for begin begin says:

      Nagoyo? For sure di mo pa natry or ittry man lang both kaya wag kang magsalita. Haha. Hanggang cherry mobile ka lang.

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