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Samsung targets low-light camera performance with ISOCELL technology

Samsung has unveiled a new piece of technology that will enhance premium smartphone cameras so the devices are able to cope better with low light conditions.

ISOCELL technology noticeably enhances light sensitivity and gives stronger control over the absorption of electrons thus giving better colour in poor lighting and improving image quality on smartphones.

“Through advances in pixel and process technology, smartphone and tablet cameras have made it easier than ever for consumers to capture and share beautiful, clear images with the world,” said Taehoon Kim, vice president of System LSI marketing, Samsung Electronics. “ISOCELL technology is yet another innovation that significantly raises the bar in image quality, and demonstrates Samsung’s technology leadership in image sensors for mobile devices.”

The technology works by isolating each individual pixel on the sensor to improve the image and it means that crosstalk between pixels is reduced by 30 per cent, which in turn results in a 30 per cent greater dynamic range of colours. The sensor itself benefits from backside illumination, something that helps to gather even more light in darker conditions.

Samsung’s 8-megapixel S5K4H5YB is the first to use the technology with customer sampling already underway and the sensors set to go into mass production in Q4 2013.

Smartphone manufacturers are always looking to improve low-light camera performance on devices as consumers are more likely to purchase a device that performs well in settings such as concerts, nightclubs and other places that light is at a premium.

Apple’s newest smartphone, the iPhone 5S, has an updated camera featuring dual flash LED technology that performs noticeably better in low light conditions than the iPhone 5. Nokia is another that has made a big play of its low light friendly camera technology, called PureView, which it has highlighted in a number of TV advertisements that compare it to the performance of the Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3.

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