The megapixel war in smartphone cameras is raging once again. While Realme and Xiaomi are already battling out for the first device with a 64MP camera, Samsung has announced its latest sensor that ups the ante. The South Korean giant has launched the Samsung 108MP ISOCELL Bright HMX image sensor. Interestingly, this sensor has been developed in close collaboration with Xiaomi.
Samsung 108MP ISOCELL Bright HMX image sensor
The ISOCELL Bright HMX is claimed to produce exceptional photos, even in extreme lighting conditions. In fact, it is the first image sensor to adopt the large 1/1.33-inch size that can capture more light in low-light settings than smaller sensors. To add on to its performance, it supports Pixel-merging Tetracell technology. As such, the final resultant image would be a superb 27MP image.
The Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor’s Smart ISO in bright environments intelligently selects the level of the amplifier. This works in accordance with the illumination of the surroundings for optimal-light-to-electric signal conversion and switches a low ISO to improve pixel saturation and produce vivid images. It uses a high ISO in darker settings that help reduce noise as well. The HMX supports video recording without loss in field-of-view at resolutions up to 6K (6016 x 3384) 30-frames-per-second (fps).
Samsung 108MP ISOCELL Bright HMX availability
The Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX will enter mass production later this month. Also, while it hasn’t been announced officially yet, reports suggest that the Mi MIX 4 could be the first smartphone to come with this sensor. If that’s the case, Xiaomi could really lead in the megapixel race. One interesting thing is that both the 64MP sensor and the 108MP sensor were made by Samsung. Yet, there is no device from the South Korean giant which comes equipped with this sensor. Could the upcoming device in the A-series feature either of the sensors? Perhaps we will just have to wait and find out. In the meantime, make sure to stay tuned to Mr. Phone to get notified of all the buzz in the smartphone world.