“The Samsung Bright HMX sensor supports video recording without loss in field-of-view at resolutions up to 6K (6016 x 3384) 30 fps”
Samsung Electronics has announced the 108-megapixel ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor for smartphones. It is the first mobile image sensor to go beyond 100 million pixels. The South Korean giant has developed the sensor in close collaboration with Xiaomi Corp. The ISOCELL Bright HMX is claimed to produce exceptional photos, even in extreme lighting conditions. It is also 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 and supports Pixel-merging Tetracell technology. The sensor produces brighter 27MP images.
The Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor’s Smart ISO in bright environments intelligently selects the level of the amplifier that gains according to 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. The mechanism uses a high ISO in darker settings that help reduce noise, resulting in clearer pictures. The HMX supports video recording without loss in field-of-view at resolutions up to 6K (6016 x 3384) 30-frames-per-second (fps). The Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX will enter mass production later this month. The sensor could be first used on a Xiaomi phone, presumably the Mi MIX 4.
Lin Bin, co-founder and president of Xiaomi, said, “For ISOCELL Bright HMX, Xiaomi and Samsung have worked closely together from the early conceptual stage to production that has resulted in a groundbreaking 108Mp image sensor. We are very pleased that picture resolutions previously available only in a few top-tier DSLR cameras can now be designed into smartphones. As we continue our partnership, we anticipate bringing not only new mobile camera experiences but also a platform through which our users can create unique content.“
Yongin Park, executive vice president of sensor business at Samsung Electronics said, “Samsung is continuously pushing for innovations in pixel and logic technologies to engineer our ISOCELL image sensors to capture the world as close to how our eyes perceive them. Through close collaboration with Xiaomi, ISOCELL Bright HMX is the first mobile image sensor to pack over 100 million pixels and delivers unparalleled color reproduction and stunning detail with advanced Tetracell and ISOCELL Plus technology.”