20-Mpixel Sensor Delivers High-Res Images In A Small Package

(Samsung Electronics)

Samsung Electronics unveils its smallest high-resolution image sensor, the ISOCELL Slim 3T2. Allegedly, it’s the industry’s most compact image sensor at 1/3.4 inches (approximately 5.1-millimeters diagonally). The 0.8-μm-pixel ISOCELL Slim 3T2 delivers 20-Megapixel resolution for both front and back cameras found in the latest mid-range smartphones. With 20-million active 0.8μm-sized pixels, the sensor also offers high color fidelity via the company’s ISOCELL Plus technology that enables sensors to capture and absorb more light information for accurate color reproduction even with sub-micrometer-sized pixels.

 

The 1/3.4-inch 3T2 snuggly fits into a tiny module making more space for the display. In addition, Samsung’s Tetracell technology, which merges four pixels to work as one, lets the 3T2 take brighter and sharper pictures in low-light settings as the color filter array’s light sensitivity increases to that of a 1.6μm-pixel image sensor at 5Mp resolution.

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When applied in rear-facing multi-camera settings for telephoto solutions, the 3T2 adopts an RGB color filter array instead of Tetracell technology. The small size of the image sensor also reduces the height of the tele-camera module by around seven percent when compared to Samsung’s 1/3-inch 20-Mpixel image sensor. Compared to a 13Mp sensor with the same module height, the 20Mp 3T2 retains 60-percent higher effective resolution at 10x digital zoom that presents clearer and more accurate results.

 

The ISOCELL Slim 3T2 is expected to be in mass production in the first quarter of this year. For more info, visit Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

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