With photography now firmly enshrined as one of the core pillars of the smartphone experience, manufacturers are always looking for new ways of upping the ante and delivering higher-quality images than ever before.
Now, Samsung is looking to raise its game even further with the launch of Isocell Plus, a new innovation in imaging technology that will allow future Samsung smartphone cameras to capture more light, significantly increasing their light sensitivity and colour fidelity.
The company has been working with Fujifilm to develop this new improvement to their CMOS image sensors, a crucial component that stores light and transmits the appropriate colour information to the photodiode for use in the final image.
Current Isocell technology creates a physical barrier between neighboring pixels to reduce the amount that colours bleed into each other, while also allowing each pixel to absorb and hold more light; Isocell Plus improves on this by replacing the current metal barrier with an all-new material developed by Fujifilm that minimises optical loss and light reflection.
What this means for users is a 15 per cent improvement in light sensitivity, with super-resolution cameras of 20 MP and above expected to benefit most from this.
Ben Hur, vice president of system LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics, said: “Through close collaboration with Fujifilm, an industry leader in imaging and information technology, we have pushed the boundaries of CMOS image sensor technology even further.
“The Isocell Plus will not only enable the development of ultra-high-resolution sensors with incredibly small pixel dimensions, but also bring performance advancements for sensors with larger pixel designs.”
The news will raise expectations that Samsung's upcoming range of smartphones and tablets will be able to deliver notable image quality improvements, further cementing the brand's status as one of the leading pioneers in smart device technology.