Samsung is well known in the tech industry not only for its consumer products but also what it does in the background. The company is one of the few with the capability of manufacturing everything from the smartphones chipsets, to their displays and the flash memory found aboard them. Now it has added another feather to its cap by producing its own image sensors for smartphones and other mobile/wearable devices. The company introduced these under the Samsung ISOCELL brand at the ongoing Shanghai edition of MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2017.

Samsung ISOCELL image sensor

The ISOCELL brand has existed since 2014, whence Samsung started using these image sensors on its own flagship devices. The technology was first demonstrated in 2013 and involves separating each pixel with a physical barrier that reduces the crosstalk among them. This allows for higher colour fidelity with smaller sized pixels too.

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The company has put forth four types of image sensors it plans to introduce under the brand, namely,


The ISOCELL Bright sensors are optimised for low-light shooting conditions and will offer low noise and high colour fidelity vis-á-vis other competing image sensors in similar conditions.


These sensors are optimised for speedy autofocus times with the aim being to capture every motion as instantaneously as possible. How they stack up against Dual Pixel sensors is yet to be seen.


The Slim sensor will be available in the smallest pixel sizes currently commercially available (~0.9µm-1µm) for devices where size matters. It will try to balance really small sensor size with good image quality.


Dual as the name suggests offers sensors which can be paired up in various configurations to serve the needs of current features demanded in the current dual camera trend.

How does Samsung’s latest venture fare against established players like SONY’s Exmor range, we shall know in the near future.


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