Samsung Electronics recently officially announced the new ISOCELL Bright HMX camera sensor with a resolution of 108MP. The individual pixels are 0.8µm, making the sensor’s sizes 1/1.33-inch. The thing is, we already saw bigger sensors on mobile devices, and Damian Dinning, one of the creators of Nokia PureView technology, shared some of his views on the Samsung’s new 108MP sensor via Twitter.
FYI, Nokia 808 introduced over 7 years ago featured a sensor ~24% larger than Samsung’s new Isocell sensor, despite their press release suggesting it’s the largest ever phone sensor. Whilst I’m sure it will be great 7 yrs on, be good if you could check your facts 1st #Samsung
As Mr. Dinning states, the iconic Nokia 808 PureView announced at MWC2012 has an around 24% larger sensor than the 108MP ISOCELL Bright HMX. The sensor size of Nokia 808’s camera is 1/1.2-inches, with 1.4µm pixel size. Samsung also claimed to be the first to announce a multi aperture phone, but that technology was featured on 2009 Nokia N86, with three apertures compared to two we initially saw on the Galaxy S9.
…reminds me of last year when Samsung claimed to have the first multi aperture phone, when Nokia N86 8MP introduced in 2009 featured this capability with 3 apertures vs. just 2. @SamsungMobile#getyourfactschecked
Another Twitter user mentioned that Nokia brought to market a lot of “industry first” features, like a built-in ND filter, lossless zoom, microphones with 140dB recording, etc.
There were so many other unique features that Nokia 808 given like built-in ND filter, Lossless zoom, AOP mics for upto 140db level recording. ND filter is still missing. Xenon flash had vanished from next gen camera centric smartphones.
I find it really interesting to see that the smartphone industry is again in a form of “pixel race”, with Samsung and Sony announcing high resolution sensors, with technology that operates really similar to Nokia’s oversampling, with the difference being that Nokia also used bigger sensors, alongside coming with a huge number of megapixels.
What do you think? Will the pixel race continue? Can we expect maybe even more MPs in smartphone cameras in the future? Leave a comment down below. 🙂