Samsung announces ISOCELL JN1: The smallest 50MP image sensor for phones

Samsung ISOCELL JN1 50MP camera sensor announced Specifications Features Availability
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Samsung has released its latest image sensor for smartphones. The new Samsung ISOCELL JN1 is the smallest 50MP smartphone image sensor to date. Here, we will be discussing its key specifications and features.

Samsung ISOCELL JN1 Overview:

The ISCOELL JN1 uses a 1/2.76″ sensor, which makes it the smallest 50MP smartphone camera sensor. Thus, it can fit in slimmer phones. Samsung says that it can reduce camera bumps by about 10%.

Samsung ISOCELL JN1 sensors

The sensor is compatible with the existing 1/2.7″ optical format. Thus, brands can implement it as an ultra-wide, selfie, or even a telephoto camera. The sensor is capable of recording 4K videos at 60 fps. It comes with several new technologies such as ISOCELL 2.0, Smart ISO, and Double Super PD Autofocus.



ISOCELL 2.0 on the JN1 results in a 16% better light sensitivity. Samsung is using four-to-one pixel binning. Here, four 0.64μm pixels combine into a Tetrapixel of 1.28μm. It will allow the camera to take brighter 12.5MP images.

Pixel Binning in ISOCELL JN1

Smart ISO

Smart ISO adjusts the image conversion gain according to the environment illumination. Low ISO retains more detail in brighter surroundings, while High ISO reduces noise in low-light conditions.

Inter scene HDR

Inter-scene HDR in mixed-light condition promises maximum exposure levels extracted from two images with Low ISO and High ISO, respectively.

Double Super PD

Samsung has doubled the phase detecting pixels on JN1 compared to Super PD technology. Hence the Double PD name. As a result, the JN1 maintains the same Autofocus performance even in 60% less illumination.

Super PD vs Double Super PD

Samsung ISOCELL JN1 Sensor Specifications:

  • Sensor Size: 1/2.76″
  • Effective Resolution: 50MP (8160 x 6144 pixels)
  • Pixel Size: 0.64μm
  • Pixel Technology: ISOCELL 2.0
  • Color Filter: Tetrapixel RGB Bayer Pattern
  • Normal Frame Rate: 10 fps @ 50MP
  • Video Frame Rate: 30 fps @ 12.5MP, 60 fps @ 4K, 240fps @ FHD
  • Shutter: Electronic rolling shutter, global reset
  • Autofocus: Double Super PD (PDAF)
  • WDR: Inter-scene DCG (Dual Conversion Gain)

Samsung ISOCELL JN1 Sensor Availability

Samsung says the new 50MP ISOCELL JN1 sensor is versatile enough to fit in devices ranging from mid-range to flagship level. The sensor is already in mass production. Thus, we might see it in smartphones soon.

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