Samsung may be mulling a 12 MP camera with big sensor size for the Galaxy S7
posted by Daniel P. / Nov 03, 2015, 3:58 AM
pixel count - the Galaxy S6 has a 16 MP camera, while the S7 is rumored to have a 20 MP one - Samsung is apparently planning to bet on much larger sensors with smaller resolution. We can only applaud such a decision, if the rumor turns out credible, as larger sensors with smaller resolutions mean larger pixels and/or more space between pixels, which on theory will be able to collect more light with less crosstalk and signal distortion.Instead of chasing an ever-increasing
In fact, the source claims that Samsung has one specific resolution in mind - 12 MP - which will be fitted on a largish for a mobile camera, 1/2" sensor area size. This means that the individual pixels which be much bigger than the puny 1.12 micron dots on current 20 MP or 16 MP phone camera sensors. Google took a similar approach with the new Nexus 5X and 6P phones, outfitting them with 12 MP cameras that sport a large 1/2.3" sensor size with pretty good camera sample results.
The source claims that this new Samsung sensor is nearing mass production, and might end up in the Galaxy S7, though the only rumors we've heard so far about the camera on the S7 are for a 20 MP unit, and it might be a bit late in the game to swap sensors at this point, unless Samsung is testing the upcoming flagship with both sensor sizes. The large 12 MP sensor is said to be with a dual-PD (dual-photodiode) technology, too, so we can't wait to hear more info on if and when this thing will make it to Samsung phones, and to which ones.
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Go for it samsung
posted on Nov 03, 2015, 4:02 AM 17
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Samsung....seems like they want to make ends even tighter with competing with iPhone. As what MKBHD would say for team crispy... "Just do it. Team crispy welcomes you".
posted on Nov 03, 2015, 9:12 AM 3
My ideal phone camera will have 8.3 MP with 1/2" sensor. 8.3 MP is more than enough for even watching on a 4K monitor. And 8.3 MP(3840x2160) means you can shoot 4K too. And that 8.3 MP sensor will have humongous pixels; so better dynamic range, sensitivity and general quality. HTC had an amazing approach with ultrapixel, but the execution was just poor with pathetic lens and dismal post-processing. This one is pretty close to my ideal camera.
posted on Nov 03, 2015, 4:08 AM 11
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I can still see the difference of 13MP Note 3 vs 8MP Note 2 on my FHD monitor. Should leave room for cropping also.
posted on Nov 03, 2015, 5:26 AM 2
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Of course it's about the tech with it having a newer type of sensor put in that's better than the older, because if they used a newer sensor in the Note 3 but kept it at 8mp you'd still notice the difference.
posted on Nov 03, 2015, 8:53 AM 1
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MP Make a difference by giving better detail of objects. Zoom into an 8MP photo and it'll quickly start blurring compared to a 16MP photo of the same scene shurnk down to the same size. That's 'cause shrinking it down sharpens the image, making a noticeable difference. If other sensor properties remained the same, more MPs = better quality, especially of further away objects.
posted on Nov 04, 2015, 10:00 AM 0
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For my my ideal would be a 1" or APS-C sensor But I could settle for a 24.5MP, 1/1.2 or 1/1.5 as well.
posted on Nov 03, 2015, 7:36 AM 0
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Not quite enough for 2160p because of Bayer filter, even if you ignore the fact that consumer (4:2:0) video discards 3/4 of chroma information. Oversampled 1080p from a 2160p source though, at 50/60 fps and high bit rates, now that would be great.
posted on Nov 03, 2015, 10:41 AM 0
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What is your 4k monitor? Just curious
posted on Nov 03, 2015, 5:38 PM 0
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I'd wanted Samsung to increase sensor size AND maintain a high resolution, instead of SHRINKING the resolution - small resolutions are a nightmare for advanced image editors (over 4K UHD iMacs and PC's.) Samsung CAN maintain the 16MP resolution and increase the sensor size,...
posted on Nov 03, 2015, 4:18 AM 12
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16 MP 1/2" sensor makes more sense IMO. Decently sized pixels, high number of OSPDAF focus points rivaling that of the Xperia Z5, high detail under low light as well. The iPhones and Nexuses are great but were losing to the Xperia Z5 and Note 5 because of the difference in resolution!
posted on Nov 03, 2015, 4:32 AM 2
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Hope they find a way to stay at 16, and do it.
posted on Nov 03, 2015, 5:09 AM 3
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The non-techie masses normally have the opinion, more the pixels, better the camera. So it won't be a great decision from marketing point of view. But it would be a bold move by Samsung, something that many people would welcome.
posted on Nov 03, 2015, 7:30 AM 1
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