When we are looking at cameras, especially on compact cameras and smartphone cameras, it’s not just the megapixels that are important, it is also how big the sensor is. Now with bigger cameras like mirrorless or DSLRs, they have the luxury of using larger-sized sensors, although camera makers such as Sony have managed to squeeze 1-inch sensors into compacts.
That being said, obviously when it comes to smartphones there is a problem as the size of the phone can be rather restrictive, especially when you consider the fact that there are other components/features that need to be accounted for. However according to a report from Photo Rumors, Samsung could be making some headway.
The report claims that Samsung is working on creating a smartphone sensor 1/2.3-inches in size, but ultimately their goal is to create an even larger sensor that is 1/1.7-inches with an aperture of f/1.4. Right now Sony is pretty much leading the way with their 1/2.5-inch sensor found in the Galaxy S7, but if Samsung can do this, it will give Sony a run for their money.
Along with the report of a potentially larger sensor, it also claims that future smartphone cameras from Samsung will adopt a UI similar to those found on their NX cameras. If you are familiar with the NX cameras then this might be a welcome sight. No word on when that will happen so until we hear from Samsung officially, take it with a grain of salt for now.
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