If you ever want to see just how fast technology is progressing, just take a look at the camera on your mobile phone. A little over 10 years ago phone cameras were something that took such low-res pictures that you only used them when your traditional camera wasn’t around. These days not only have phone cameras improved immensely, but they are often just as good, if not better than some of their bigger counterparts despite a lens size that is infinitely smaller.
And it’s about to get even more ridiculous as Samsung has announced a new sensor that can capture resolutions of up to 108-megapixels. Let that ridiculous number sink in as you cry over your phone’s cutting edge 30-megapixel camera that you thought was good. Samsung has announced their new ISOCELL Bright HMX, which was designed in collaboration with Xiaomi, which is a 108-megapixel smartphone camera sensor that Samsung says is the first to surpass the 100 million pixel milestone for phones. As well as producing high-resolution photographs, the sensor can also shoot in 6K video (6016 x 3384) at 30 fps.
It’s a resolution that a person is unlikely to ever actually need and will probably take up so much space on your phone that you wouldn’t have space for much else once you take a few snaps, but does highlight just how fast camera sensor technology is developing. Of course, just because you can capture a lot of detail doesn’t mean the camera is any good as there is a whole host of other things required to take a good picture – like anyone other than me taking it – but it’s still incredibly impressive, nonetheless.
Samsung has not announced exactly which phone they intend to introduce this photographic behemoth with though considering the sensors large 1/1.33-inch size, which Engadget notes is around three quarters of the size of the 1-inch sensor found in the Sony RX100 VII compact camera, there might not be a smartphone out there that is ready for this and they might take longer to develop the sensor further to reduce its size before introducing it into a phone.
Now if only they could get battery technology to evolve that fast and then we might actually have a something that I’d want to have in my phone so that I don’t need to charge it every day.
Last Updated: August 13, 2019