Samsung wants to beat the human eye with a 600 MP sensor
Last year, Samsung introduced a 108 MP camera sensor for smartphones. Some people find camera sensors up to hundreds of megapixels a little too much, but it seems like Samsung doesn’t think so.
They even set an even more ambitious target, namely to defeat the human eye. Quoted detikINET from SamMobile, Wednesday (22/4/2020) Samsung intends to develop a camera sensor up to 600 MP.
The boss of the Samsung sensor business Yongin Park in a post on the Samsung blog said that currently the human eye is equivalent to a resolution of 500 MP.
In comparison, modern DSLR cameras offer a 40 MP sensor and smartphone cameras offer a 12 MP sensor, still a long way from being able to match the capabilities of the human eye.
Samsung managed to balance the need for resolution and pixel size with advanced pixel binning technology. For the 64 MP sensor they use 2×2 pixel binning, while their 108 MP sensor uses 3×3 pixel binning to increase the light absorbed.
Park did not elaborate on the specifications or process of developing the 600 MP sensor, but will likely use similar technology.
“In the future, we may even have sensors that can see microbes that are not visible to the naked eye,” said Park.
The 600 MP sensor will certainly have a very large size and may not fit on a normal sized smartphone. One way is to reduce the pixel size, and Samsung has successfully introduced a 0.7μm pixel sensor.
Samsung will also look at how to apply these large sensors to devices other than smartphones such as autonomous vehicles, drones or Internet of Things (IoT) devices.