Samsung announced today that they developed a new camera sensor for their devices and it will be featured in the new Note 5, that is scheduled to be released on August 13th.
This new sensor, named S5K3P3, relies on 1-micron pixels to achieve his smaller size while maintaining a great resolution of 16MP. It uses ISOCELL technology, which physically separates the pixels, with it reducing neighboring interference’s by 30 percent and increasing the chief ray angle by 20 percent. This all means that it can take cleaner and more colorful shots in less than ideal light.
Usually, when the pixel size is reduced, it’s the pictures that are penalized, but this new sensor performs as well as it’s predecessors. The critically acclaimed Galaxy S6 camera used it’s own ISOCELL sensor and Sony’s MX240, which might be the same configuration as the new Note 5. We’ll have to wait to see if it’ll have only the new S5K3P3 or both. The new sensor is available for manufacturers as of today.
The more direct feature this sensor brings is relative to it’s size, with less then 5 millimeter in thickness, it’s 20 percent thinner then the previous model. This because it’s using 1 micron pixels, which are smaller than the 1.12 micron pixels that where used before. This can reduce the bulge that most smartphones have because of the camera, and the new Note 5 will be the first where we see it.
Although Samsung is one of the largest providers of many of the modern components, like RAM and storage, systems-on-a-chip, an other semiconductors, it’s not the leading entity in camera sensors. This crown belongs to Sony, it’s Exmor sensors are found in many high-end devices, from Samsung, to many Chinese companies and even in Apple products. The only ones who don’t seem to use the best sensors are, ironically, Sony’s devices.
For more information on performance for this sensor we’ll have to wait for the Note 5 release which is only two weeks away.