In today’s fast-paced world, users always need to have their smartphone cameras at the ready so they can quickly capture those precious, fleeting memories in stunning quality. Delivering fine detail, vivid color, reduced noise, rapid autofocus and high dynamic range, the ISOCELL HM3 image sensor underpins your smartphone photography with highest quality features and technology to ensure that the pictures you capture with your smartphone can be treasured for years to come.
Stunning Details with 108 Million Pixels
The ISOCELL HM3 packs in 108 million 0.8um-sized pixels that are optimized to enhance clarity, allowing it to capture images that are highly detailed. For enhanced light sensitivity and color fidelity, each pixel is improved with ISOCELL 2.0 technology, which is a new generation of Samsung’s pixel isolation technology. ISOCELL technology uses a physical barrier between neighboring pixels to reduce color interference and prevent optical loss. With ISOCELL 2.0, Samsung utilized upgraded materials between color filters to increase light sensitivity and improve color fidelity.
The ISOCELL HM3 also features Nonapixel technology, which elevates performance in low-light conditions. In low-light environments, the image sensor combines nine pixels into one, and together, these nine pixels produce a single, big-pixel-like effect, allowing the newly formed pixel to absorb more light and thus produce bright, clear photos with reduced noise. The sensor also includes an improved re-mosaic algorithm that allows it to rearrange its 108 million pixels to best effect in bright settings, ensuring that it delivers optimized image resolution.
Bring Images to Life with Vibrant Colors
A truly capable image sensor must be able to adjust to take high quality photos in a broad range of lighting environments. With Smart-ISO, the ISOCELL HM3 is equipped with two levels of conversion gain for high and low ISO modes, allowing the camera to intelligently select the optimal settings for the lighting condition.
When shooting in well-lit environments, the ISOCELL HM3 takes pictures in low ISO mode in order to express colors more vividly and reduce oversaturation. When taking photos in low-lit environments, however, the sensor switches to high ISO mode to ensure your photos come out bright and clear. What’s more, to further improve nighttime shooting capabilities, the ISOCELL HM3 employs multi-sampling technology, which reads a scene into multiple frames and produces an average read of the frames to reduce noise in your final image. As a result, you get crisp, clear nighttime shots with less grainy-looking noise.
And Smart-ISO Pro takes things a step further by allowing the user to capture outstanding images with a broad dynamic range in mixed light settings as well. In this situation, the image sensor combines readings from both low and high ISO to allow the sensor to produce a single high-quality image with 12-bit color depth. To widen dynamic range even further, the ISOCELL HM3 also includes a Staggered-HDR feature, a fast, power-efficient method of producing high-dynamic range images. Staggered-HDR uses rolling shutters over the same pixel arrays to capture multiple frames at short, middle, and long exposures and then send each row of pixels respectively to the mobile processor. As a result, you get clear, vivid images even in mixed-lighting scenarios, such as sunsets or when shooting indoors against a window.
Capture All Motion Clearly
Few things are more important than autofocus when it comes to capturing scenes that are in motion. Fortunately, the ISOCELL HM3 includes Super PD Plus, which employs micro-lenses that cover the phase detection focusing agents and produce fast, precise autofocus. With optimized curvature on the autofocus micro-lenses, this advanced phase detection autofocus (PDAF) in the ISOCELL HM3 allows users to keep fast-moving subjects in focus, even in dark environments, so that they can capture them in crystal-clear definition.
What’s more, the ISOCELL HM3 doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to capturing high-quality videos, either. Supporting 8K high-resolution video recording, the sensor allows users to capture stunningly detailed videos in crystal-clear clarity. This function allows users to capture slow-motion videos as well, with the sensor capable of taking 4K videos at 120 frames per second and capturing full HD videos at an incredibly slow 240 frames per second.
Let your image sensor elevate your smartphone photography to new heights. By putting the power to capture next-level photos and videos right there in your pocket, the ISOCELL HM3 is raising the bar for smartphone photography.