Samsung has been heading towards increasing megapixels lately. It was because of it that we saw smartphones that have 64-megapixel and 108-megapixel cameras in their gear. But, as the experience of Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has shown, a large number of megapixels did not give advantages over competitors and the flagship could not become the best camera smartphone.
It seems that the company realized that quantity is not equal to quality, so it decided to slow down with the megapixel race. The famous insider Ice Universe announced that Samsung now intends to return to rationality and stop blindly chasing big numbers. Apparently, we are talking about the fact that the company will stop and continue to recklessly rely on a large number of megapixels.
I heard some news that Samsung smartphones are actively changing, in terms of sensors. It will return to rationality, rather than blindly big numbers.
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) April 15, 2021
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Samsung admits that quality is not in the number of megapixels
The priorities will be a balance between the size and resolution of each pixel. And the first result of this approach we have already seen in the Samsung ISOCELL GN2 sensor; which offered a record large sensor size 1 / 1.12 inches; without frills in terms of the number of megapixels – 50 megapixels.
The fate of the 200-megapixel sensor remains unknown. Recall that earlier there were rumors that the company intends to present a sensor with such a record resolution this year. There has also been talk that Samsung has set itself the goal of offering an insane 600MP sensor. Given the changing priorities, it remains to be seen whether this will affect the development of the aforementioned sensors.
Recently, rumors spread across the web that Samsung and Olympus would be collaborating on a mobile camera. There is no exact information about what the specialists of the Japanese photo brand will be involved in. But the first assumptions are already there. There is a rumor that they will help create a system of optical image stabilization with a sensor-shift.
HTC realised this years ago. Just subdividing smaller pixels doesn't improve quality, it's the amount of light the sensors collect. Take a look at the Sharp/Leica phone.