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Samsung announces new 8 MP ISOCELL sensor for front-facing cameras

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Samsung announces new 8 MP ISOCELL sensor for front-facing cameras
Samsung today announced a brand new image sensor that's specifically made for front-facing cameras. Called S5K4H5YB (the name just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?), the new sensor is an 8 MP CMOS one that's based on Samsung's proprietary ISOCELL technology, while also using a new RWB color pattern filter (this one's developed by Samsung, too).

According to Samsung, the RWB color pattern further improves the light sensitivity and color fidelity that the ISOCELL technology was already enabling, thus the overall quality of images should be significantly enhanced.

Samsung says that it's planning to mass-produce the S5K4H5YB sensor starting the second quarter of the year, which means we'll probably see handsets using it not long after that. Perhaps the Galaxy Note 5 (which is expected to be released in the second half of the year) will have an 8 MP front-facing camera based on this sensor - we'd really like to see that!

Interestingly, Samsung uses ISOCELL sensors inside the cameras of its Galaxy S5 (all versions), but not in the cameras that we'll find on the brand new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. Both the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge use Sony-made sensors, so we thought that maybe Samsung had given up on further developing its ISOCELL technology. But that's clearly not the case, now that the new 8 MP ISOCELL RWB sensor is almost ready for mass production.

source: Samsung / Business Wire

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posted on 03 Mar 2015, 12:26 24

1. junaidahmed (Posts: 103; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)


note 5 will be epic

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 12:59 14

5. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 243; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


Note 5 will be epic, Note 6 wil be epic Note "x" will be epic....
Moral of le comment: THE NOTE SERIES WILL ALWAYS BE EPIC! :D

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:12 8

9. junaidahmed (Posts: 103; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)


true.. and to think i laughed when the first note was announced. I never thought any one would use a phone that big, i'm glad i was wrong. Note 4 is the most well rounded phone right now, imo atleast.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:48

16. Ruturaj (Posts: 1294; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


Some people wanted big phone before note too. I had dell streak 5.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 20:14 3

42. gueAHOK (Posts: 156; Member since: 03 Mar 2015)


Note 4 already epic
Note 5 will be more epic
Note 6 will be more epic than epic
Note 7 will be more epic than more epic.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 14:12 2

24. MyPhoneIsBetterThanYours (Posts: 60; Member since: 22 Feb 2015)


Especially when Competition consists of a fruity CEO who likes anal beads.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 12:45 13

2. maherk (Posts: 3491; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Damn it Samsung! Have a little bit of mercy on your haters.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 12:53 9

3. TimCook (banned) (Posts: 450; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


Am I the only one who is not impressed with samsung?
How are these gimicky tricks gonna beat the iPhone?

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:10 13

6. majp89 (Posts: 167; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


It's not a gimmick, people take a lot of pictures with the front facing camera of their phone. That's why they're advancing them to make them better.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:11 3

8. TimCook (banned) (Posts: 450; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


Dude the entire gs6 presentation was a summary of gimicks and copycats...
Who are they trying to fool with these BS?

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:35 25

14. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


What exactly did the GS6 copy? Because nothing I saw with the GS6 appears on any iPhone. Gimmicks? At $650 I hardly find the Galaxy S to be gimmicky.

Its made better than an iPhone with a mid-garde version of the aluminum alloy, while Aple uses the bottom of the barrel shi**y grade which si why it bends.

I know what the problem, the reason you can't say nothing good about Samsung, because it would make you sound like an Android fan and a Apple hater for buying and paying for that overprice old hardware bearing crackpot called an iPhone.

You just keep cheering for Apple you ignorant loser, while they keep taking your money and give you crappy @$$ hardware.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:53 17

17. Ruturaj (Posts: 1294; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


It has 14nm SOC which is faster and power efficient, UFS 2.0 memoery which is 2.7 times faster, better camera. How are this gimicks or copies.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:55 20

19. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Absolutely. They copied the UFS storage, 14nm finfet CPU and DDR4 that the iPhone will have next year. The scoundrels!

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 14:37 1

27. Calzone (Posts: 12; Member since: 04 Feb 2015)


LOL!!!!

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 16:40 2

37. KiwiRoundEye (Posts: 9; Member since: 21 Apr 2014)


He's telling the true don't you know!

Samsung has a " Time Machine " and the only thing they use it for is to go into the future to steal Apples innovation before they can even use it.

Jack A$$.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 17:17

38. AndreaWijayanti (Posts: 68; Member since: 03 Mar 2015)


Copycats? Coz samsung copying iphone's bottom?

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 23:12 2

45. gueAHOK (Posts: 156; Member since: 03 Mar 2015)


really?
I think the entire iphone6 and 6plus was a summary of gimicks and copycats of samsung galaxy s & note.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:10 11

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I highly doubt the next gen iPhones are going to have more than 4MP FFC so....

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:38 9

15. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


After the S6 highlights, I can assure you the iPhone 6S will finally get a 2.0MP front camera which cost peanuts now since most phone shad them since 2009. lol

By the time Apple gets a a4MP shooter n the front, everyone else will have something4 times more powerful.

I personally think anything about 5MP on the front is overkill. What I think they will eventually do is, make a single camera that takes the same phone front or rear with a single camera with 2 shutters.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 15:31 2

35. shimanto1123 (Posts: 100; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)


If Apple includes 2mp camera on its front, Tim Cook will demand his loyal apple fans' Scrotums to give them this innovative 2mp camera. Because its an innovation (introducing front camera of more than 1mp on iPhones).

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 17:59 1

39. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Judging from the latest front camera comparison, the S6's 5 megapixel is only marginally better (if even at all) than the iPhone 6's 1.2 megapixel and the Note's 3.7 megapixel. It's really not impressive.

But of course all that doesn't matter because 8mp > 5mp > 3.7mp > 1.2mp

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:15 2

10. junaidahmed (Posts: 103; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)


A feature that might seem gimicky to you may be useful to someone else.. to each his own, right?

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:17 3

11. TimCook (banned) (Posts: 450; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


Sure absolutely, i am just expressing my opinion.., your might be different

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 19:40

41. drunkenjay (Posts: 860; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


lol your not expressing jack crap except hate. you are well known as a samsung hater.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:22 6

12. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


and how long are u going to stay BRAINWASH and act like a idiot

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:32 17

13. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


So a better camera is now a gimmick? Why don't you enjoy your $749 1.2MP front facing piece of crap camera in your iPhone, while the rest of us have at least 2.0, with 1080P recording, panoramic shots from the front camera and more.

You have to be a fool to support Apple. Just FYI, the last phone I had with a 1.3MP camera was in 2004. Which really makes the iPhone using 1.2MP really pathetic.

What is a gimmick is how you rather remain purposely ignorant knowing that te iPhone isn't even remotely worth what Apple sells it for. After all, it costs them $220 to make, has 2 or more year old hardware which today is cheap; yet other phones have significantly better hardware at a lower cost.

Again the Note 4 retails for $699 at its lowest depending on carrier. Surprisingly Version actually sells it less than ALL the other major carriers. 3.7MP front, 16MP rear, quadcore, 1440p and more.

You can brag about a boring UI that is fast because the phone has no full multi-tasking, no huge benefits whatsoever, while using a poor mans hardware at premium costs. Or you wake your self up from the Apple nightmare and actually buy a brand of phone where A) Competition spurs a company to do better each model, B) if you switch brands but use the same OS, everything you bought comes with you, even on non-Android platforms as far as media, C) will actually show you are smarter than the average bear.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 14:01 1

20. JMartin22 (Posts: 1940; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Will you let poor TimeCook be? I mean, he's honestly trying his hardest, when his hardest is only being able to name call. He has to demonstrate his re-affirmation to hate Samsung products somehow. This is much more harder for him than I believe you and me realize.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 14:48

28. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


So how is ARMv8 2 year old tech? You on drugs sir? You dont know s**t about technology honestly all your comments show that exactly lol, making a bad name for android fanatics who think they know about hardware and technology yet they prove to the world with their own words and comments that they dont really know shit at all about hardware

As a big android fan , a very avid up to date fan on the latest and greatest technology and hardware, and also working with IT branch and R&D section in the company i work at, i just smh hard at you

By your logic 1.2 mp FFc sensor on the 6 takes equivlalent photos from phones back in the day with same megapixel count, LOL. Thats just living in delusion and that is sad..

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 14:53

29. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


Quad core but why does the Note 4 lag and touch wiz still has bad jank with that quad core and how come the Note 4 cant perform as well in games with lower frame rate and less details and much more performance throttling and why cant the Note 4 hang with the A8 chip in long workloads without being severely throttled?

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 23:24 2

47. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1498; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Show me the LAG on the Note 4. It is faster than your iphone 6 plus and pushes twice as many pixels as your iCrap. Why doesn't Apple make a Quad HD phone?

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 23:26

48. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


It absolutely is not faster then the 6 Plus lmao. The 6 Plus gets better real world performance , quite a bit better real world performance, with having more detail and frame rates in games, better in-app performance that is smoother, etc

Not to mention the 805 performance throttles much more then the A8 and throttles back performance much faster then the A8 does

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 17:26

49. Macready (Posts: 862; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


It is. Even using the slower (older) Kitkat firmware, it was already faster than the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, despite pushing respectively almost 3 times as much or 78% more pixels and despite the "laggy" Touchwiz.
Makes you wonder where Apple f$cked up.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVkaY-F6Zhs

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 14:56

30. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


Sorry bro but SD cards are on the way out now, with DDR4 Ram and faster storage methods coming also sd card will be a huge bottleneck to the memory controller in even 2014 devices and beyond. Theres a reason why samsung dropped sd card support in their GS6, they wouldnt be able to use UFS 2.0 then, and memory would be bottlenecked

And thats just completle nonsense lmao i dont think anyone takes you seriously at all, you can easily use a cross platform app like dropbox, Google drive and others to switch media from your iOS device to android device with extreme ease and vice versa. Get educated bruh

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 14:58

31. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


Are you forgetting online cloud storage? Lmao? LOL @ "if you switch brands but use the same OS , everything you bought with you comes with you as far as media"

You also forgetting cross platform apps like Google drive, Dropbox, and so much more?

To be honest straight up your just a dumb f***

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 15:24

33. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


Tim cook is obviously a troll account, like yours is as well. by your logic, megapixels = everything and that a 8 megapixel camera today is the same exact camera as a 8 megapixel camers from a few years ago with the same exact performance and image quality. Megapixels is 1/5th equation to overall image quality. Pixel size, lens quality, image processing are all so much more important to a overall image quality . Which is why the i6 in video when using the front facing camera destroys any other front facing camera in terms of color accuracy and dynamic range when taking a video on front camera. What good is all those extra megapixels if you cant even see what is behind you in daylight because its so overexposed and completly white? And vice versa

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 15:27

34. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


Lool except the Competition and iPhone 6 spurred samsung to make a newer better phone , how delusional can you really be to say that Apple doesnt influence samsung at all and isnt "competition"? Lmao no other company influences Samsung more then Apple

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 13:54

18. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Yes, you are the only one.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 14:33 3

26. Mutation.X (banned) (Posts: 185; Member since: 09 Feb 2015)


Really. In 3 years time iphones will have what these phones have, then what are you gonna say? You hypocrite.
Look at the IP4 to IP6,stole so many features from Android.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 23:08 1

44. phichart (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 May 2014)


you don't need to use font camera coz you are ugly

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 23:20 1

46. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1498; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Are you really butthurt? "My First Language May Not Be Engineering but I do know that this stuff (GS6 and GS6 Edge) will not BEND" and they showed how GS6 kicked IP6 Plus out of the table. 16MP camera with f/1.9 lens kicked out your "iSight".

Your "iSight" is "iBLIND" at Night.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 12:54 1

4. charlesxph (Posts: 34; Member since: 04 Jan 2015)


They should have put that on the edge.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 14:11 1

23. JMartin22 (Posts: 1940; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Wonderful, we'll get even more detail, better colors, and low-light capabilities with this sensor than we currently do in the S6 I'm willing to wager. This is good, for many years front facing cameras were always neglected and thrown in the same sensor with megapixel counts usually ranging around 2 MP with no adjustments. Now they get as much fine tuning and improvement as rear cameras now.

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 15:04

32. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


Im glad Samsung is finally stepping up their front camera game starting with the note 4 and beyond now, because before that the front camera on all samsung devices were quite garbage with very awful dynamic range in video when using front camera

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 15:49

36. keekguy (Posts: 40; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)


Really?? Why to develop a camera module, one day after Galaxy s6 press?
Make sense to port it on the flagship, not to make it after the flagship!

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 20:50 2

43. insanity99 (Posts: 44; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Lol..
Tim Cook is being bullied here..

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