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Samsung has once again pushed its boundaries with an image sensor of the smallest pixel size in the industry. It still has a powerful performance. Samsung has officially announced its world’s smallest, 50 MP smartphone sensor. They have named this sensor ISOCELL JN1.

Smallest 50 MP Sensor

The main reason to be the smallest, 50 MP sensor is that it is only 0.64-micrometer pixel size. However, the bigger pixel size is better than the smaller pixel size. Samsung is relying on software algorithms like ISO 2.0. It is a smart ISO technology, and it doubles your power. To sum up, the software is pixel binning four to one. In other words, it comes with Tetrapixel technology. As a result, it allows the sensor to take12.5 MP images with a pixel size of 1.28-micrometer. It merges the four adjacent 0.64-micrometer pixels into one big 1.28-micrometer pixel.

The size of the ISOCELL JN1 sensor is just 0.64-micrometer, and the sensor is ½.76 type. It also has real-time HDR features. It has the power to capture two exposures at the same time.


This camera sensor is small in size. It is perfect for super slim smartphone designs. However, it can also be used as a front-facing camera sensor. The JN1 can also take high-quality pictures and videos.

Users will get high-detailed selfies or group pictures in 50 MP resolution. It will also provide high zooming ratios. The JN1 will reduce the height of the camera modules by around 10%.


JN1 can record videos up to 4K in 60 frames per second. It is pretty great for a camera sensor with this small size. You can also record slow-motion videos up to 1080p resolution with 240 frames per second. ISOCELL 2.0 helps to increase the pixel isolation, and it also reduces the cross-talk. The JN1 sensor will also improve the light sensitivity by 16%, as well as color fidelity for low light environments. It has upgraded materials that block light from neighboring pixels.

However, this camera sensor does not match the requirements for any flagship-level sensor. But, it can improve the camera performance for entry-level smartphones.

It also has the phase-detection focusing, which comes under Double Super PD. It improves autofocus accuracy and speed.

Impact On Market

The ISOCELL JN1 could replace the older 48 MP sensors from Samsung. These sensors are also used by other brands. Samsung is also about to launch its 200 MP sensor, and it will not be that much big. Samsung will apply the same principle, which is having a smaller pixel size.

Other Sensor

Samsung has already said that they want to make the camera sensors up to 600 MP as well as reducing the pixel size. It is the ultimate direction for the future. However, the upcoming 200 MP sensor will not be that big.


The world’s smallest 50 MP camera sensor has been officially announced. The sensor is already in a mass-production state. As a result, the first smartphone with the JN1 sensor will be launched soon enough. The ISOCELL JN1 sensor is the most versatile sensor from Samsung.

Read Official Blog Post – Samsung New 50MP Camera Sensor and Smallest Pixels



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