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Samsung’s new 50 Megapixel Camera Sensor with Faster Autofocus

Samsung Electronics, a pioneer in advanced semiconductor technology has Revealed a new 50 Megapixel camera sensor called ISOCELL GN1 which features faster Autofocus and Brighter Images. The recent Samsung’s flagship smartphone Galaxy S20 Ultra was reported to have autofocus issues.

This 50 Megapixel camera sensor is Samsung’s first sensor to use both dual-pixel autofocus and Tetracell pixel-binning, which the company claims to offer a combination of fast performance and good low-light image quality.

“With innovative pixel technologies, Samsung has been at the forefront of offering high-performance image sensors that closely cater to increasingly diversifying market needs. The ISOCELL GN1 is part of that commitment to deliver stunning images to consumers in any environment,”


The pixel size of 1.2μm is closer to what you can find on a conventional smartphone phone camera sensor than the high-resolution chips that become increasingly popular over the last year. The direct competitor to this 50MP Camera sensor ISOCELL GN1 will be Sony’s new IMX689 sensor, featured in phones like the Oppo Find X2 Pro, which has 48 megapixels at 1.22μm. This Samsung’s 50 Megapixel Camera sensor will take 12.5-megapixel photos by default with four pixels binned into one. Moreover, this sensor has Dual Pixel technology which creates 100-million phase-detecting photodiodes for snappy auto-focusing and light information that can be translated up to 100 megapixels and Tetracell technology enables light-sensitive 2.4μm pixels for ultimate low-light photography.

50 Megapixel Camera sensor by Samsung
ISOCELL GN1 50 Megapixel Camera sensor by Samsung

Samsung made a bad choice with the Galaxy S20 Ultra by using a 108-megapixel sensor without dual-pixel technology which caused many autofocus issues. We can expect the Note 20 Ultra to have a better camera, altho there are leaks claiming that the note 20 Ultra will also be using the same 108-megapixel sensor from the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

You can find more details and specifications about the ISOCELL GN1 sensor here.

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