Samsung released its ISOCELL GN1 50MP camera sensor last year, achieving a perfect balance of high megapixel count, large pixel size and autofocus speed. Today, the company announced the successor to the first-generation 50MP camera sensor in the form of ISOCELL GN2. This 50MP sensor brings faster autofocus and higher HDR performance.
ISOCELL GN2 is a 1/1.12 inch camera sensor with a resolution of 50MP and a pixel of 1.4μm. It supports 4-in-1 pixel binning (effective 12.5MP image and 2.8μm pixels), which provides excellent performance in low light conditions. The new camera sensor is also able to use its intelligent mosaic algorithm to capture three 50MP frames (red, green and blue) and create a 100MP image for higher details.
This Korean technology company will also launch its new autofocus technology together with ISOCELL GN2 for the first time, called Dual Pixel Pro. The new sensor has 100 million phase detectors and can achieve ultra-fast focusing. In addition, it uses not only vertical focus, but also diagonal focus for more reliable performance, which helps when the frame has no pattern changes in the horizontal direction. Compared with ISOCELL GN1, this can better focus on moving objects in low light conditions.
ISOCELL GN2 also has interlaced HDR, which ensures that the image has a higher dynamic range than real-time HDR. With interlaced HDR, you can capture scenes in bright and dark areas at the same time, and get rich details and vivid colors. Compared with real-time HDR, the new HDR mechanism also saves 24% of energy. The new camera sensor also has Smart ISO and Smart ISO Pro to improve light sensitivity and dynamic range.
Samsung’s new generation 50MP camera sensor can also capture Full HD video up to 480fps and 4K video up to 120fps. The company has already begun mass production of the ISOCELL GN2 camera sensor, and we are expected to use it in updated smartphones later this year.
Duckhyun Chang, Executive Vice President of Samsung Electronics’ Sensor Business, said:The ISOCELL image sensor and its technology have made tremendous progress to provide the quality and performance expected of top-level camcorders. Our new ISOCELL GN2 has Dual Pixel Pro, which is an innovative all-round autofocus solution that improves the agility of capturing moments of development. Coupled with Smart ISO Pro and various advanced pixel technologies, GN2 pictures are more realistic than ever.“