Maybe more so than any other time in the history of smartphones, this year has seen a huge importance placed on camera performance. With models like the Lumia 1020, HTC One, and the new iPhone 5S, manufacturers have made the imaging capabilities of their phones a big focus of how they promote them. All that competition means that everyone’s always looking for the next big feature that’s going to push camera quality to the next level. Samsung may just be the one to deliver 2014’s hottest smartphone camera tech, as it announces new CMOS sensors with ISOCELL technology.
The big deal with ISOCELL is hinted at in its name – it offers each pixel in the sensor isolation from its surrounding pixles, resulting in a 30% reduction in crosstalk and a corresponding increase in color accuracy. The new construction also allows the sensor to be made thinner than before – a big deal when being used in smartphones.
Samsung’s first ISOCELL component is an eight-megapixel sensor, with plans to get production underway in force during the last quarter of the year. That could mean we get to start seeing finished phones with ISOCELL sensors in early 2014 – maybe even in models like that possibly-metal-bodied Galaxy S 5?