Xiaomi and Samsung Electronics today launched an ultra-high resolution 64MP camera technology, which the Redmi product line will be the first to adopt. The two global technology leaders also jointly announced that they will bring the first-of-its-kind 100MP camera sensor, featuring the highest pixel count and resolution on the market.
Samsung’s 64MP debuts on Xiaomi’s product line
The 64MP Samsung ISOCELL GW1 sensor has high resolving power and uses a remosaic algorithm to produce ultra-clear 64MP shots in bright conditions. With the pixel-merging Tetracell technology, GW1 also delivers bright 16MP images under low-light conditions. Even when the print resolution is 72dpi, it is able to print a large, high quality poster up to 3.26 meters in height. The 1/1.7-inch image sensor is one of the largest so far on the market, ringing in 34% larger than the standard 48MP smartphone cameras seen on typical flagship devices.
Samsung’s GW1 sensor also adopts ISOCELL Plus technology, which replaces the original metal barrier formed over photodiodes with an innovative new material, minimizing optical loss and light reflection. It’s also equipped with a Dual Conversion Gain (DCG) technology, which converts light into an electric signal based on the ambient lighting conditions. Hence, under brighter conditions it uses a low ISO, and under dim ones it leverages a high ISO to achieve an optimal signal-to-noise ratio in the resulting photographs.
Xiaomi and Samsung jointly launch the world’s first 100MP sensor
Xiaomi debuts Samsung’s 100MP sensor to offer smartphones with ultra high-resolution cameras. The 108MP sensor surpasses the 100MP mark for the first time ever in smartphone image sensors. It is also the world’s highest-resolution smartphone camera sensor, capable of producing photos with a resolution of 12032 x 9024 pixels.
Photographers can not only take more detailed photos, but also make better use of their imagination and creativity with this sensor. The 100MP ultra high-resolution camera sensor even maintains a high-quality picture of 27MP in 2x zoom – more than doubling the pixels of a standard 12MP telephoto camera.
Moreover, Samsung’s 100MP sensor will be the largest smartphone image sensor offered on the market. The notable sensor size enables an ultra-high light input to deliver stellar images in low-light environments.
Xiaomi’s continuous innovations and advancements in imaging technology
These latest innovations are a testament to Xiaomi’s ongoing dedication to imaging excellence. Throughout Xiaomi’s smartphone photography journey, our camera features – such as Mi 5’s 4-axis optical image stabilization and Mi 6’s dual camera with optical zoom – have gleaned notable traction and praise from users and Mi Fans around the globe.
In 2018, Xiaomi’s Camera Department was formally established, with team members across the world, to focus on conducting research and development for imaging technology. Since then, Xiaomi has achieved major accomplishments in the imaging space:
- Mi MIX 2S appeared on DxOMark’s rankings
- Mi 8 ranked fourth in the world on DxOMark’s photo ranking at launch
- In early 2019, Redmi Note 7 featured the world’s first 48MP camera, and was the first sub-$200 device equipped with a flagship sensor
- Mi 9, featuring a triple-camera setup with 48MP ultra-wide angle main camera, ranked third in the world on DxOMark during its release, while its video imagery ranked first at launch
Strong AI research and development capabilities contribute to the advancements of Xiaomi’s imaging technology. According to the statistics by the Nikkei Business News, Xiaomi’s AI-related patent applications ranks 11th in the world. Xiaomi’s AI algorithm team, comprised of over 1,000 people, has continuously developed new innovative camera functions, and launched the well-received AI night scene mode, 960fps slow-motion capture, AI motion tracking and AI Skyscaping.