The camera system is one of the major selling points of Samsung’s smartphones. Samsung has long been one of the leading contenders when it comes to camera performances, also the first-rate name-brand in Android ecosystem, and now its video shooting performance could raise the bar in a whole lot more intoxicating for the Galaxy S and Note smartphone lines.
According to a new report this week courtesy of ETNews (English version), a South Korean publication, Samsung has been making an advanced development on its camera department and designed a new image sensor capable of capturing up to a whopping 1,000 frames per second, with the tiny component’s mass production due to begin in early November. Such a camera sensor will allow for up to 40-times slow motion video shooting, as seen in Sony’s very own flagship XZ Premium and faster than Apple’s recently launched iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.
Samsung’s avant-garde image sensor is composed of a three-layer design with advanced logical processing and faster memory built into the system-on-chip. The addition of processing on-chip memory allows the new image sensor to store the recorded video data locally at high speed before it will finally be saved by the built-in camera app. Unfortunately, this also means that the maximum length of the captured slow-motion video is limited by the size of memory built into the image sensor and is likely to stretch no more than a few seconds.
The South Korean technology company’s design is a quite different from that of Sony — which it also uses a three-layer chipset — in that the memory is linked to the rear surface of an existing double-layer image sensor design rather than sandwiched between the sensor and logic components.
According to the Korean news agency, this new technology advancement in camera component is simply a way for Samsung to avoid infringing the Japanese tech giant’s patents. Samsung’s approach to that technology suffers drawbacks in terms of both productivity and cost efficiencies, as a fiasco in just one of the three layers ends in the whole chip being jettisoned. However, The Galaxy and Note handsets maker does have a zealous advantage in its ability to tightly integrate its home-grown memory chips rather than outsourcing them from a third party vendor.
Samsung’s new three-layer image sensor is widely anticipated to hit the market in the next generations of Galaxy S and Note line of smartphones.
With the 1000fps video capability in the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9, it would definitely outshine the newly launched iPhone 8 and iPhone X devices, which are competent of capturing 240 frames per second. However, Samsung will be needing an extra time in its research and development facility to address the limited recording time that would restrict this new innovative feature to very small duration of video clips which pundits will certainly consider it as more of a gimmick than a serious advancement in video recording.