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

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:

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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Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)



1. ATTboss

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 06, 2015

whats next 100mp camera ? cameras are not only megapixels. 1) we need better processing system/software 2) optical zoom/xenon flash .ect

6. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 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.


Posts: 138; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

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

10. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

12. ATTboss

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 06, 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.


Posts: 138; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

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

16. ATTboss

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 06, 2015

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

23. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 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.

26. hondaslzman

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 29, 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

33. ggg377

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 16, 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.

22. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

You have option to snap in less MP...

2. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

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

5. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 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

34. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Z2 doesn't have OIS :)

35. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

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

3. LeBrownJames

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 17, 2014

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

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Probably yes.

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

7. vuyonc

Posts: 1090; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

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

9. Booza

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

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

13. vuyonc

Posts: 1090; Member since: Feb 24, 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 ;)

14. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

This is great! :)

17. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

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

27. hondaslzman

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 29, 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.

18. Cicero

Posts: 1129; Member since: Jan 22, 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.

19. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

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

20. 2dark2walk

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 21, 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.

21. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

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

24. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 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.

28. hondaslzman

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 29, 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

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