Samsung Electronics introduced Samsung ISOCELL GN2, a new 50-megapixel (Mp) image sensor with large 1.4-micrometer (μm)-sized pixels. The ISOCELL GN2 offers up to 100Mp imaging, improved auto-focusing then GN1 through Dual Pixel Pro technology and vivid results regardless of the lighting environment.
Duckhyun Chang, executive vice president of sensor business at Samsung Electronics said, “Our new ISOCELL GN2 features Dual Pixel Pro, an innovative all-direction auto-focusing solution that elevates the agility to capture moments as they unfold. Adding on Smart ISO Pro and a variety of advanced pixel technologies, pictures from GN2 are more true-to-life than ever”.
The ISOCELL GN2 is a highly versatile image sensor. GN2 offers exceptionally detailed photographs in regular settings. In low light environments it can simulate a larger 2.8μm-pixel with four-pixel-binning technology to absorb more light, delivering brighter and sharper images.
For more details the GN2 offers an option to take pictures in 100Mp resolutions. In this mode, the GN2 re-arranges the color pixels using an intelligent re-mosaic algorithm, creating three individual layers of 50Mp frames in green, red and blue. These frames are then merged to produce a single ultra-high 100Mp resolution photograph.
The ISOCELL GN2 is Samsung’s first image sensor to offer Dual Pixel Pro. Dual Pixel Pro makes use of one hundred million phase detecting agents for ultra-fast auto-focusing. It also offers all-direction focusing by splitting the pixels both vertically and diagonally. Low light focusing and tracking of moving objects are improved as well, as every pixel of the sensor works as focusing agents.
For taking pictures in mixed-light environments, the GN2 increases its dynamic range with a staggered-HDR feature, a time-multiplexed HDR technology that uses rolling shutters over the same pixel arrays to capture multiple frames in short, middle, and long exposures. Staggered-HDR ensures rich detail and vivid color in highlights and dark shadows within the scene. Staggered-HDR is also reduces the energy consumption of a sensor by up to 24% when compared to the predecessor’s real-time HDR mode.
The GN2 also comes with Smart ISO and Smart ISO Pro. Smart ISO intelligently sets the sensor’s conversion gain, allowing the picture to be taken using an optimal ISO, low ISO for brighter outdoors or high for dimmer indoors. Smart ISO Pro, uses an intra-scene dual conversion gain (iDCG) solution, takes readouts from both high and low ISO to create high dynamic range images.
Camera experience is going to be more fun and creative with the GN2.
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