Samsung describes the advantages of the ISOCELL camera featured in the Galaxy S5

Samsung released a techy YouTube video, which focuses on the perks of the ISOCELL image sensor technology that the Korean company uses in the camera of its upcoming flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Samsung highlights that the ISOCELL-enabled pixels decrease the cross-talk between adjacent pixel cells. Samsung also explains that the pixels in the ISOCELL sensor have 30% larger full well capacity. This means that each individual pixel can receive more light before saturating itself, which results into an improved color dynamic range and images with better color exposition. The improved light sensitivity results in better performance of the camera sensor in low-light conditions. Samsung also touts that thanks to its wider chief ray angle, the ISOCELL sensor is slimmer than a regular BSI one, enabling manufacturers to implement it into small-form-factor mobile devices.

The camera of the soon-to-be-released Samsung Galaxy S5 will sport an ISOCELL sensor. It is touted that the Galaxy S5 will come with the "world's fastest autofocus speed" of 0.3 seconds. The latter is possible thanks to the on-board hybrid phase detection for the autofocus, a technology that is used in almost any modern DSLR camera. Similar to the LG G Pro 2 and the Sony Xperia Z2, the camera of the Samsung Galaxy S5 will also feature a Selective Focus mode. As its name suggests, this feature allows the users to manually adjust the focus of an image and blur its background.

We are eager to put the camera of the Galaxy S5 to the test and see how it fares against the competition. Be sure that we'll do so once the flagship is released on April 11.

source: Samsung via SamMobile

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Can't wait to see an HONEST comparison between this, Z2 and All New One!

10. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Wow... images are really bright and vibrant but I doubt these are taken from S5 isocell... this must be an implementation of isocell on a dedicated cam

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I believe they are possibly taken with S5, but at least there is some editing as always.

49. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

you have to show something good to a marketing ad. so the photos might be taken with a DSLR. marketing is always half lies... so better wait for the final unit and actually test it.

2. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Go Sammy go ! It´ll surprise nonbelievers.

5. johnehms

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

There is none nonbelievers,the spec is not a question, everyone is expecting for a better design, you still dont understand, if the s5 is not as ugly as this, there will be no question about, or just few thu..

8. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Finally here's someone whos not judging anyone complaining about samsung....there are so many people who think that just because u criticise some company its because u hate them and like some other...

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

This is PA. It holds true 99% of the time.

23. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Ya but still, one shudn't judge people so fast...and i know people complain a lot..i do a lot too...but thats what forums and comments section are generally used for...complaining... but one thing about this video...if the pics shown in between were actually photos by s5, then i might have to take some complaints back about samsung cos they looked really nice...

25. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

lol you´ll buy a phone just by the shape,etc ? The nonbelievers thought that S5 didn´t changed. Thx PapaSmurf PapaSmurf (Posts: 5938; Member since: 14 May 2012) S600 ---> S801AC LTE global support Refined UI ISOCELL camera 2800mAh battery with Ulta Power Saving Mode Download Booster 802.11ac MIMO 2x2 USB 3.0 IP67 Collaborated screen 500nits peak brightness on an AMOLED device

7. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

samsung got nothing to surprise us there s5 AKA s4 band AID is big fail

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

S600 ---> S801AC LTE global support Refined UI ISOCELL camera 2800mAh battery with Ulta Power Saving Mode Download Booster 802.11ac MIMO 2x2 USB 3.0 IP67 Collaborated screen 500nits peak brightness on an AMOLED device Now please tell me, how is this NOT an improvement over the S4? Your trolling is getting really old.

18. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

And tell me how your nokia/lg/sony/orwhateverpieceofcopycr*pyoulike is going to sell ?

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

OIS would have been a nice addition to the S5's camera. Eagerly waiting for the releases and comparisons of all the current flagships.

28. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They can't get enough OIS modules, they sell too many phones for that

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I want to see a comparison against other high end flagships!

47. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Be patient, Smurf.

48. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Good things happen to those who wait. :)

6. MarkArigayo

Posts: 240; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

IsoCell is gimmick due to lack of OIS on S5 cam. What would you expect from a cheat scoring device?

9. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

can't say that unless we have real comparisons made by photography-centric blogs like dpreview or photographyblog we'd like to see ISO by ISO comparisons and not just what the auto mode delivers

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

In case you haven't noticed, 5S and Z2 don't sport OIS and produce great results. Get those poor trolling skills out of here if you're not going to do it right. PS- I swear if ISOCELL is proven to be better than most on the market (except 1020), I'll laugh in your face.

32. yudi.nemesis unregistered

The first S5 Review. "Samsung has upgraded the Galaxy S5’s camera to 16-megapixels, compared with the Galaxy S4’s 13-megapixel snapper, but we didn’t notice (or particularly expect) a huge leap in picture quality. The Galaxy S5 still produces crisp, detailed photos with realistic colours, in almost all lighting conditions. Evening and low-light shots are a little less noisy now, but they still don’t hold a candle to Sony’s Xperia handsets; which are the best at snapping bright, sharp photos in gloomy conditions." "Where the Galaxy S5 really shines is its uber-fast shutter speed, which is almost a match for the iPhone 5s. As long as you aren’t shaking the smartphone about, you’ll find the auto-focus locks onto your subject and the shutter fires in 0.3-seconds or less, a pleasing result of that Snapdragon 801 chip." From the first review it seems there is nothing ground breaking about ISOCELL camera.

36. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Pre-production. Waiting after April 11th for actual demos and reviews.

41. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

Oddly enough, mobile review found them to be awesome. Maybe a difference in user?

46. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

That's more of a difference in opinion. I wouldn't be surprised if "popular consensus" is influencing their commentary on the camera segment. Until we have scientific comparison and comparing and contrasting with professional camera equipment against both handsets, this is just that person's opinion. Both cameras seem extremely capable to the point where comparing them in low light situations will be the real differentiator.

21. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

ISOCELL is a sensor dude. Sensors don't have OIS! it's the camera 'module' where the OIS is integrated.

30. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Do you ever heard Sensor shift image stabilization??

37. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Don't shout if you're uneducated. The sensor doesn't perform image stabilization. Sensor is just to capture the light. It's a separate mechanical mechanism that performs the stabilization. You can do it either on the lens or on the sensor. It doesn't mean that the sensor itself is performing this function. It's a different 'module' which performs such operation. BTW, don't try to teach me about sensor shift, I own a A99. I know enough about sensor shift, IS or VR. OIS might be a new term for you, I have been using this for about a decade now.

38. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

He got served lol...

51. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Sensor-shift The sensor capturing the image can be moved in such a way as to counteract the motion of the camera, a technology often referred to as mechanical image stabilization. When the camera rotates, causing angular error, gyroscopes encode information to the actuator that moves the sensor. The sensor is moved to maintain the projection of the image onto the image plane, which is a function of the focal length of the lens being used; modern cameras can acquire focal length information from the lens. Konica Minolta used a technique called "anti-shake" now marketed as SteadyShot in the Sony α line and "shake reduction - SR" in the K-5, K-7, K10D, K20D, K100D, K200D, K-m (K-2000) and K-x lines by Pentax, which relies on a very precise angular rate sensor to detect camera motion. Olympus introduced image stabilization with their E-510 D-SLR body, employing a system built around their Supersonic Wave Drive. Other manufacturers use DSPs to analyze the image on the fly and then move the sensor appropriately. Sensor shifting is also used in some cameras by Fujifilm, Samsung, Casio Exilim and Ricoh Caplio. The advantage with moving the image sensor, instead of the lens, is that the image will be stabilized regardless of what lens is being used. This allows the stabilization to work with any lens the photographer chooses and reduces the weight and complexity of the lenses. Further, when sensor-based image stabilization technology improves, it requires replacing only the camera to take advantage of the improvements, which is typically far less expensive than replacing all existing lenses if relying on lens-based image stabilization. Some sensor-based image stabilization implementations are capable of correcting camera roll rotation, a motion that is easily excited by pressing the shutter button. No lens-based system can address this potential source of image blur. A by-product of available "roll" compensation is that the camera can automatically correct for tilted horizons in the optical domain, provided it is equipped with an electronic spirit level, such as the Pentax K-7/K-5 cameras. One of the primary disadvantages of moving the image sensor itself is that the image projected to the viewfinder is not stabilized. However, this is not an issue on cameras that use an electronic viewfinder (EVF), since the image projected on that viewfinder is taken from the image sensor itself. Similarly, the image projected to a phase-detection autofocus system, if used, is not stabilized. Sorry Almighty.. I am a poor illiterate guy. Only you can owe DSLRs and this rocket-science knowledge about Stabilization! Really Sorry to hurt your ego!!

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