That 108MP Galaxy S11+ sensor? It could still churn 12MP photos...


Samsung is widely expected to catch up and even surpass everyone by using a 108MP sensor with record high resolution for some inventive pixel-aggregation, cropping and hybrid zooming features that will match the 50x zoom that Chinese phone makers already market with, and then some.

To achieve this breathtaking leap, Samsung has created not one, but two 108MP sensors, it seems. The first one was developed in partnership with Xiaomi, and landed in its Mi Note 10 phone that we took for a spin, and found to be a bit underwhelming when it comes to image sharpness and camera speed. 

It's a king of captured detail, though, as can be expected, but Samsung is reportedly planning to use a tailored version of the 108MP sensor for its S11 series, that will be exclusive to it, and eventually surpass the one on the Mi Note 10 in terms of quality.

How come? Well, apart from using a much faster Snapdragon 865 chipset with dedicated image signal processor that supports up to 200MP resolution cameras, Samsung will also up its pixel-binning game, reports the cat almighty:



Well, how do you jump from a fairly standard 1.4 μm pixel size on the S10 to the record 2.4 micron on the S11+? By pixel-binning, of course. Samsung has increased the pixel count of its main Galaxy S11 camera sensor 9x compared to what we have on the S10, and, surprisingly, that's exactly the ratio it may be using to virtually merge several adjacent pixels into one giant pool of light that would improve low-light sensitivity and color information.

We say surprisingly, as all pixel-binning efforts from 48Mp, 64MP and even 108MP sensors so far, have merged 2x2 grids of pixels, while Samsung may opt for a 3x3 set of neighboring pixels to snap photos with the S11+ that are incredibly detailed and with stellar dynamic range, while at the same time keeping the size in check, and the resolution compatible across devices. Let's not forget that the S11 and S11e may not be sporting the huge 108MP sensor, but rather use smaller resolution main cameras, again in pixel-binning mode.

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13 Comments

1. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 561; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

2.4μm pixel size means sharper photos in low light like the P30 Pro.

2. ijuanp03

Posts: 687; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

This is great news! Sharper detail at 12mp and clearer image in low light.

4. TheAccountant unregistered

yea baby, now we talking

5. Tizo101

Posts: 644; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Plus the fact that it's gonna come with a faster processor than the A13... This could be the ultimate phone

6. AtheK

Posts: 55; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

There is no ultimate phone, but this could be very close to it.

8. Tizo101

Posts: 644; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

True, I already consider the camera on the note 10 plus the best in the game... With no exceptions

10. Plutonium239

Posts: 1262; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The ultimate phone of one year will inevitably be surpassed the next or the year after that. If not within two years, eventually.

7. QuantumRazer

Posts: 216; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

>> that are incredibly detailed and with stellar dynamic range Pixel binning doesn't increase the amount of detail, so technically the new sensor should perform very similar to Note 10's 12MP sensor in detail capturing ability.

11. _gianni.r

Posts: 5; Member since: May 30, 2019

It's more the size of the sensor that'll do this, less the pixel binning

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

People need to stop using the term pixel binning, it's not using software pixel binning like some cameras do It's a native 12MP sensor where each pixel is split into 9 "sub pixels" But it also has a 108MP mode where it uses Super Resolution and each sub pixel to achieve 108MP

13. QuantumRazer

Posts: 216; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

What other term would you suggest then? Not trying to be mean, I'm genuinely curious.

9. Iodine

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Somevhere I read that 48 MP with 2x2 bayer mask produces a picture equivavlent in detail to a 27 MP normal sensor. There simply won’t be much more detail with 3x3 than in today’s 40-50 MP cameras. Also the pixel size while equivalent to 2,4 microns, also includes the isolation between the pixels that doesn’t capture light.

14. branja6

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

If I'm not mistaken, the virtual pixel size on Nokia 808 PureView in 5MP mode is 4.01μm (and even bigger if you do the 2/3MP shots)

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