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Samsung explains wizardry of Galaxy S20 Ultra’s 108MP camera sensor

The Galaxy S20 Ultra’s claim to fame is no doubt the 108MP camera at its back. This is the highest-resolution camera yet on any Samsung smartphone, and, as expected, the Korean giant has gone into detail about how the 108MP camera sensor — called ISOCELL Bright HM1 — makes for “brighter ultra-high-res images.”

The wizardry behind the new sensor is a technology Samsung calls Nonacell. The Bright HM1 has 108 million 0.8 micrometer pixels, and using Nonacell technology, the sensor combines nine neighboring pixels to create a large pixel size of 2.4 micrometer. The photos you get are 12 megapixels in resolution, but thanks to Nonacell tech, the photos taken by the 108MP sensor benefit from much higher light absorption than any other smartphone camera sensor out there.

When multiple adjacent pixels are combined into one pixel, camera sensors usually suffer from color interference, but Samsung says its ISOCELL Plus technology makes sure that isn’t a concern on the S20 Ultra’s 108MP camera by placing physical barriers between each pixel. Samsung also says that the 108MP camera can create 12MP photos with 3x lossless digital zoom by “directly converting the pixels using an embedded hardware IP.”

Naturally, there are a lot of buzzwords that Samsung uses to explain its new camera sensor, but it does have us excited to see what the Galaxy S20 Ultra camera will be capable of. We’ll be reviewing the S20 Ultra (and its more humble siblings) in the near future, and in the meantime, you can read our hands-on impressions to find out what we thought about the phone after getting to play with it at Samsung Unpacked.

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Biransahin
Biransahin

Abhijeet,

Just a tip off. Got an additional firmware update for Note10 plus in Turkey this morning. Still January 1 patch of course, the update is 204.35mb and seems to have nothing significant other than performance improvements, bug fixes etc. Maybe it will arrive in other countries too, if it hasn’t already.

Gunter2
Gunter2

Looking very promising, but that 128gb base storage on a camera that shoots 8k video…… 150 minutes of 8k video, not a huge amount of video…..almost 100gb..and you’ll have no usable storage left. Means you have to buy 512gb and/or get an sd card. It is a bit Apple-esque to offer us either 128gb or 512gb……no 256gb option. Samsung are in danger of becoming rip of artists like Apple.

DarkSamS
DarkSamS

You have a possibility to insert the SD card on your Galaxy S20 ultra, lol…

Apple can’t that…

Gunter2
Gunter2

That’s not the point, you’ve totally missed it. People will pay $1300 to $1400 for that phone, even more in some countries and then will have to buy a Micro SD card if they want to store more than a miserable 150 minutes of video on it If one is buying a premium phone from Samsung there is an expectation that needing to get an SD card should not be the first thing that comes to mind. Samsung customers are not iSheep. They know if they’re not getting their moneys worth and 128gb on a 1300 dollar phone is not… Read more »

JSH1973
JSH1973

I need wizardry to help me afford the Ultra ๐Ÿ™
It’s great and all that but just to expensive

cardicek
cardicek

Exactly so outrageous fire for the Ultra version: I also do not have X on it and just stay with S10 + ๐Ÿ™