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Galaxy S6 to use a new 20 MP OIS camera module by Samsung, release date pulled for March

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Samsung reportedly ramps up production of 20 MP OIS camera modules for the Galaxy S6

Samsung reportedly ramps up production of 20 MP OIS camera modules for the Galaxy S6


A fairly mundane report in Korea's Economic Times publication about the wellbeing of Samsung's electro-mechanical division is gracing us this morning with the strongest confirmation so far that the Galaxy S6 might indeed ship with a generous 20 MP camera module, which will be accompanied with optical image stabilisation at that.

This nugget of info is buried in the news that Samsung Electro-Mechanics (SEM) is receiving performance upgrade from Korean analysts for Q1, thanks to its optico-mechanics division, which is responsible for smartphone cameras. It will benefit this quarter, the analysts say, and throughout this year, due to higher-priced camera modules production increase, and, check this, due to the "Galaxy S6 release 2~3 weeks earlier than originally planned." Here's the scoop:

As the proportion of high-value-added products, such as the 20-mega pixel OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer), increased recently, however, the company is chasing two hares at once, i.e. sales growth and profitability.

SEM is planning to further increase the production quantity of high-value-added 16-mega pixel and 20-mega pixel high-priced camera modules this year. In the second half, the 16-mega pixel camera modules may be adopted for mid-to low-priced products as well.

Galaxy S6 to use a new 20 MP OIS camera module by Samsung, release date pulled for March
Wait, what? SEM has a 20 MP OIS module in production which will contribute to Q1 growth since the Galaxy S6 release will be pulled a few weeks earlier than originally planned? 

It seems so, and this could mean that the Galaxy S6 will come with said camera unit, and will be released some time in March, soon after the eventual March 2nd announcement

As for the 20 MP module, last time we heard Samsung is working on something like that was a year and change ago, and at the time it was scheduled for release late last year, and going into phones early in 2015, so it all fits. LG Innotek, after all, boasted a 20 MP OIS module of its own, and Samsung wouldn't want to be left behind, it seems.

Also, the source claimed at the time that December 1st 2013 marked the date when Samsung's R&D department commenced a project to develop such sensor from scratch, including the autofocus actuators, and the elaborate lens set. There was no word as to whether this 20 MP unit will also utilize the space-saving ISOCELL tech, though, but it will all be revealed very soon, and we will be at MWC to tell it to you as it happens.

source: ETNews

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posted on 23 Jan 2015, 04:08 8

1. ATTboss (Posts: 20; Member since: 06 Jan 2015)


whats next 100mp camera ?

cameras are not only megapixels.

1) we need better processing system/software

2) optical zoom/xenon flash .ect

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 04:28 9

6. phljcnth (Posts: 485; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Better processing?? As if the Galaxy S5 camera wasn't good enough for mobile photography. That ISOCELL has got to be one of the biggest breakthrough in smartphone tech, couple it with superb processing software.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 04:35 16

8. PANIC (Posts: 126; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


The Galaxy S5 camera is GREAT in day light but in low light conditions it is USELESS...I know it from personal experience....plus there is no OIS

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 04:50 9

10. phljcnth (Posts: 485; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


And that is why Samsung is adopting OIS for better lowlight photos. I don't think it's reasonable for anyone to complain on their growing camera module especially when their cameras never fail to impress since Galaxy S2.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 05:12 2

12. ATTboss (Posts: 20; Member since: 06 Jan 2015)


i'm saying we need something new in the cameras department better low light pictures ect . i'm not complain LOL.

ISOCELL is nothing special at night its useless.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 05:34 2

15. PANIC (Posts: 126; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Totally agree on this, however the lowlight photos issue has been solved much earlier by other flagship devices. Right?

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 05:56

16. ATTboss (Posts: 20; Member since: 06 Jan 2015)


i agree it has. but still its far from being there yet.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 08:35 1

23. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 525; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


Great in day light, poor in low light. But of course you won't always use your camera on low light. Most of the time I take pictures in good light.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 11:24 1

26. hondaslzman (Posts: 78; Member since: 29 Dec 2014)


What you mean ? not good enuff, I took many photos compare to IP6 and 6 plus , my GS5 blow them all away and I only put 6mp

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 03:08

33. ggg377 (Posts: 20; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


Look at the recent camera comparison on Phonearena. EVERY single phone on that test blows S5 out of the water in low light. iPhone 6, 6+, G3 and Lumia completely embarrass it. S5's shots in low light are a fuzzy, dark mess.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 08:07

22. mayur007 (Posts: 564; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


You have option to snap in less MP...

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 04:13 5

2. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 244; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


F2.0 20mp 1/2.3 inch ISOCELL senor + OIS?
Maybe I'm dreaming too much but I think that's plausible :D

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 04:22 6

5. deanylev (Posts: 213; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)


Not dreaming at all friend, my Z2 has that minus ISOCELL and OIS, ISOCELL is just a sensor technology and OIS is just a little cage the sensor sits in, both easy to implement :D

Plus, the Lumia 1020 has an F2.2 41MP 1/1.5" OIS sensor

posted on 25 Jan 2015, 05:44

34. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 244; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


Z2 doesn't have OIS :)

posted on 12 Feb 2015, 03:58

35. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 244; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


oh wait.....that's kinda late for me

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 04:14

3. LeBrownJames (Posts: 201; Member since: 17 Mar 2014)


Will they also use this on the Note 5? or will they use 2 different sensors like what they did on note 4?

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 04:19

4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Probably yes.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 05:00 4

11. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Note 4 just had one sensor that is imx 240. The news for the isocell was pulled out as that was a bug. All exynos and snapdragon note 4 use imx240.

The last time Samsung discriminated was with galaxy s4 while the exynos got the newer imx135 while snapdragon had the older exmor R

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 04:29 6

7. vuyonc (Posts: 1014; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Sony IMX230 vs LG Innotek sensor vs Samsung new ISOCELL vs Omnivision OV23850. Android OEMs spoilt for choice XD

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 04:42 4

9. Booza (Posts: 15; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


Actually LG Innotek sensor is Sony Exmor'RS, you can see in another PA post

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 05:17 1

13. vuyonc (Posts: 1014; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


The article doesn't say if it's Sony Exmor RS (IMX220 or IMX230) or in-house. I'll assume it's in-house out of wishful thinking. Competition is good ;)

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 05:31 1

14. Symon_Fleece (Posts: 335; Member since: 30 May 2014)


This is great! :)

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 06:04 3

17. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


The best smartphone in the world is Samsung Galaxy S6. iPhone 6 Plus? Be prepared, Samsung will destroy you!

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 11:26 1

27. hondaslzman (Posts: 78; Member since: 29 Dec 2014)


Yes indeed my GS5 already too good for any phone to compete, the only phone I worry is the Xiaomi and I will buy one of those to play see if they are any good.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 06:13 6

18. Cicero (Posts: 869; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


Exynos, camera, ram, storage, amoled display and so Samsung develop and produce by itself. This is huge boys and girls! Show some respect to Samsung.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 06:21 6

19. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


You are absolutely right. Samsung is the king of tech, king of innovation, king of futuristic race.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 06:59

20. 2dark2walk (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 Jan 2015)


ohh come on, people deslike a 20 MP camera in S6 because it's too much, and what about sony and the Z division, they pull their 20.1 MP year after year.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 07:04 1

21. mixedfish (Posts: 1176; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


You haven't been here long enough if you think that's the case.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 08:36

24. tokuzumi (Posts: 958; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


I look forward to this. My S4 takes great outdoor photos, but when I'm inside, all I get is blur, regardless of the amount of light inside. Although, my Nexus 5 wasn't amazing at taking photos, either. My wife's G2 seems much better suited to the task.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 11:30

28. hondaslzman (Posts: 78; Member since: 29 Dec 2014)


I agree with the GS4 which what I had before, I am using GS5 now and produces even better photo than GS4, brighter screen also enhance the photo

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 09:15 1

25. lockmuckman (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Oct 2014)


Ohhh yes, the MWC this year will be very exciting for Smartphone Cameras.
Samsung: 20 Mpx, Isocell, OIS???
Sony: 20 Mpx, Carl Zeiss F/1.8 OSS (OIS), IMX230???
HTC: 20 Mpx, OIS, etc...???

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 12:02 1

29. Zack_2014 (Posts: 378; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Sammy really needs to get better in low lighting conditions.

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 13:15

30. PANIC (Posts: 126; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


It is really so good and productive to see so many honest comments without any trolling....KUDOS to all guys

posted on 23 Jan 2015, 14:18 1

31. scsa852k (Posts: 329; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


Sammy got hit with a huge uppercut by Apple with iPhone6/6+.
If they don't respond with S6, they're in trouble.

posted on 24 Jan 2015, 19:09

32. JMartin22 (Posts: 1969; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


The Note 4 is Samsungs best flagship to date when it comes to low-light photography, but I really want them to veer away from megapixels and focus on increasing pixel size to at least 1.5µm pixels. 1.12 is just not sufficient enough for flagship quality smartphones anymore.

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