Here are the first samples from Samsung's record-breaking 64MP camera sensor

Here are the first samples from Samsung's record-breaking 64MP camera sensor
Not long ago, Samsung announced a phone camera sensor that carries a record resolution of 64 MP. That's way more than the current ubiquitous 48MP Sony sensor that every Chinese maker seems to slap in their handsets these days.

Needless to say, more pixels don't equate a better picture per se, as they are usually made tinier to fit the count, and collect less light, all other things being equal. With the magic of pixel-binning, or combining information from several pixels into one, however, not only is the resulting photo file smaller in size, but also the snap itself is usually able to overcome the smallish pixel size.

We can imagine the amount of pixel-binning that will be happening with a 64MP sensor, resulting in a nice 16MP photo if four pixels get folded into one virtual like how the current 48MP sensors churn out perfectly usable 12MP shots.

What phone will Samsung use its new 64MP camera sensor in first, then? Well, a Realme phone, it seems. If you haven't heard about the brand, now is our chance to shine by telling you that it belongs to the same BBK holding that is the parent company of brands like OnePlus, Vivo and Oppo. 



Before Realme teased this sample from its upcoming phone with 64MP camera, leakster Ice Universe posted that "the international premiere of Samsung's 64MP sensor is in a mysterious model of the A series, while the domestic first is a mysterious model of Redmi." 

This statement may still be technically correct as Realme has been established mainly for the Indian market but sells in China as well, and we don't know exactly when the 64MP phones will be announced. The Realme CEO only says by Q4, leaving plenty of time for Xiaomi to get ahead with the world's first 64MP phone. 

What does Samsung's 64MP GW1 sensor with Tetracell technology offer besides high-res photos? Well, improved low-light performance, better highlights exposure for bright elements, even faster autofocus and improved HDR photography, nearing the perception of the human eye. The proof is in the pudding, i.e. the actual photos, though, and the first sample seems to be doing a good job with tricky components like clouds and reflections.

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34 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 666; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Cant believe they copied the purple sky from iphones. Apple needs to charge the royalties.

4. QuantumRazer

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Given the fact that sky has different hues depending on weather conditions and time, I don't see anything wrong with this phone's camera capturing purplish sky in this particular photo. I've seen one numerous times on sunny days, as well as slightly greenish or even greyish sky.

7. alanrock

Posts: 281; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

sky is perfect blue in cartoons and such, and pollution is a real deal.

10. mackan84

Posts: 282; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Yes let’s save the environment by not upgrading our phones. Let the sky be blue!

9. iloveapps

Posts: 715; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Apple’s daylight photos are great and more natural than saturated and exposed photos from Sammy.

14. cmdacos

Posts: 3969; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

This isn't a Samsung shot. Reading is hard. In addition Apple has been pushing no into saturation as well so there seems to be a desire of what people actually want other than dull yellow-hued shots from the basic #shotoniphone pics

15. pimpin83z

Posts: 391; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

*insert Jennifer Lawrence 'Yea, okay' gif here*

16. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 589; Member since: May 26, 2011

Natural shots look more boring, that's part of the reason why Apple doesn't win any camera photo competitions besides the more obvious lack of detail.

27. Fred3

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Larry_ThaGr81 Google's are natural also and they win majority of the time

33. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 587; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I think that's cause the Pixels take better photos...

12. Vogue1985

Posts: 415; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

You need to get out of all black basement ,get out of the house and look into the sky with your own eyes,not with phone camera or SVR.no.with your own eyew. Apple,Samsung etc didn't create the skys color.

8. Seanetta unregistered

Oh please stop this silly mega pixel race. The more mega pixels doesn't mean better quality and pixel binning is just crap

11. QuantumRazer

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

READ. THE. ARTICLE. For goodness sake...

13. Vogue1985

Posts: 415; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

You can keep your 1.5mp camera and pay $1000 with tiny sensors. For me gove me my money's worth. Lol. Read the whole article

18. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 589; Member since: May 26, 2011

I'm no expert on camera photography, but regardless of whether it's overkill or not at least Samsung is making an effort to upgrade outdated camera hardware.

22. miketer

Posts: 505; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

You think so? True upgradation of cameras would be showcased in their flagship series, not in some budget phones. By the way, since they charge a bomb for the Note series, it's high time they did something with that 4 year old camera.

28. Fred3

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

miketer Their cameras are 2yrs old not 4. And "some" of their key features are put on the M and A series to see how well they perform and sell other than taking a huge risk on the S and Note series sense it cost most more to produce. That would be alot of money lost also the M and A series are midrange phones which Samsung is trying to gain the upper hand in. No they're not budget phones. There's a difference

24. Poptart2828

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

BBK pushing the boundaries again.

25. Poptart2828

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

The writers comment about every chinese phone maker slapping that sensor on their handsets nowadays is unethical and a bit racist. Seems upset or disgusted by the way he wrote it.

34. worldpeace

Posts: 3106; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Well, that's a true story with Samsung GM1 sensor, that sensor is less than 6 months old, and now more than 20 chinese phones use that sensor. It's a great sensor for a mid-ranger, even some flagships also use that sensor (Lenovo Z6 Pro, blackshark2). You could expect to see this newer sensor (GW1) in future phones from Lenovo, Xiaomi, Meizu, and BBK.

26. Mike88

Posts: 227; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Crazy about photography??? Get a dslr or mirrorless camera,, end of line

30. iushnt

Posts: 3083; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Do you realize that a DSLR is way more expensive than a smartphone and also cumbersome to carry. If you are not a professional photographer, stick with cheaper alternatives or a good smartphone camera. One can be crazy about photography and yet still use smartphone.

31. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1526; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Even an entry level DSLR half the price of a flagship phone takes better photos and is less cumbersome to take photos with. The camera in the phone just has the advantage of always being with us while a DSLR requires extra effort to carry with and thus frequently gets left at home. I love the camera in my Note 9, but anytime I feel remotely serious about final image quality I'm bringing an actual camera along.

32. Habib111

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 12, 2019

It's true, no matter what you put in a smart phone it always lacks something and can't compete with the real cameras so pixels doesn't count in a picture but quality

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