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Samsung unveils new 50MP Isocell GN2 sensor with enhanced autofocus and HDR features

By Kenny Yeo - on 1 Mar 2021, 9:05am

Samsung unveils new 50MP Isocell GN2 sensor with enhanced autofocus and HDR features

(Image source: Samsung)

Samsung has just unveiled a new 50-megapixel camera sensor for smartphones. 

It's called the Isocell GN2 and it's Samsung second-generation 50-megapixel smartphone camera sensor.

The sensor measures 1/1.12-inch (11.4 x 8.6mm) and features a couple of notable enhancements over last year's Isocell GN1.

The first being slightly larger pixel sizes – up from 1.2μm to 1.4μm. Larger pixel sizes mean it can capture more light.

Additionally, the Isocell GN2 can further improve low-light capture by using four-pixel-binning technology to simulate the performance of a larger 2.8μm pixel.

One new key feature is Dual Pixel Pro, which Samsung says is its more advanced phase-detection auto-focusing system yet.

On top of pixels that are split vertically, Samsung is also adding green pixels that split diagonally. Overall, this should give the sensor greater sensitivity to both horizontal and vertical displacement. 

Finally, the Isocell GN2 also has Smart ISO Pro technology, a new HDR capture mode that Samsung claims preserves greater levels of details in shadows and highlights.

As for video, Samsung says the Isocell GN2 can capture Full-HD videos at up to 480fps and 4K at 120fps.

Samsung says the Isocell GN2 is already in mass production but it doesn't reveal what phones it will be in. However, according to @UniverseIce, the Isocell GN2 will debut in Xiaomi's upcoming Mi 11 Ultra.

Source: Samsung

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