Samsung told how cameras in smartphones will evolve

Samsung on cameras: small and large pixels, 500 megapixel sensors and 8K video at 60 frames per second

Manufacturers have done everything to raise the value of built-in cameras in smartphones for users … They made them a fashionable and trendy toy, as well as a field to compete with each other. Over the past couple of years, we have witnessed the rapid evolution of mobile cameras, and camera phones are moving more and more actively on the market.

One of the directions is the increase of megapixels. And here Samsung has succeeded, which already has in its portfolio three sensors with a resolution of 108 megapixels. Despite the skepticism of specialists and the controversy of this development vector, Samsung will continue to create sensors with high resolution, where the basis will be made up of small pixels. True, the company also intends to simultaneously start creating large matrices with large pixels. These two approaches are fundamentally different, but Samsung wants to maximize the benefits by working both ways.

The head of the marketing department of the company Jinhyun Kwon told about all this in his interview. At the same time, he stated that there is no consensus on what is more important than the number of megapixels or their size. So, sensors with large megapixels have such advantages as support for Dual Pixel technology and the ability to fast autofocus. At the same time, he stated that the resolution of the human eye is 500 megapixels and the achievement of this result is a goal not only for the South Korean company, but also for the industry as a whole.

Jinhyun Kwon named an increase in the resolution of video recording as one of the promising development paths for mobile cameras. Sensors that allow you to shoot in 8K format have been around since 2018, but until today this feature is the privilege of a few flagships. The difficulty lies in the fact that one module is not enough here. We need an integrated approach, where an important place is given to processors, codecs for video encoding and special processing algorithms. In the future, Samsung wants to teach cameras to shoot 8K video at 60fps, and 4K at 240fps.

The topic of under-screen cameras was also touched upon. The top manager of the company said that users will have to be patient. According to him, at the moment there are a number of problems that do not allow to quickly offer this solution in commercial devices. Among the key disadvantages of the technology, he named color distortion, light diffraction and insufficient screen transparency.