Galaxy S5 to feature 16MP camera sensor: Korean report

by: Bogdan PetrovanOctober 21, 2013
samsung isocell camera sensor 2

8MP Isocell sensor manufactured by Samsung System LSI

Galaxy S5 rumors began circulating early this year, supposedly due to Samsung’s decision to bring forward its release in early 2014, to offset the slumping sales of the Galaxy S4.

Korean IT portal ETNews reports today that Samsung opted for a 16MP CMOS camera sensor for the Galaxy S5, that may be manufactured by Sony or by Samsung’s own System LSI division.

Sony has so far held a dominant position in the high resolution (above 13MP) CMOS sensor market, supplying the 13MP sensor in most Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 units. But Sony has strong competition from System LSI, Samsung’s chip making division.

System LSI has recently announced the mass manufacturing of an 8MP sensor with Isocell technology, which separates physical pixels to prevent light bleeding and thus reduce glare and noise in low lighting conditions. Samsung System LSI has also sampled 13MP and 16MP sensors to potential partners.

As the largest sensor maker in the world, Sony benefits from economies of scales, so it’s able to offer 16MP sensors at smaller prices, but Samsung System LSI is increasing its output to match Sony’s bid, says the report. Samsung will reportedly pick the sensor supplier for the Galaxy S5 by the end of the year.

As for the actual camera module, Samsung’s Electro-Mechanics division may be a good candidate: the group recently announced the development of a 13MP module with optical image stabilization (OIS).

Citing a Samsung “insider”, ETNews’ report states unequivocally that the “next big thing” will be equipped with a 16MP camera. With that said, nothing is set in stone this early in the development cycle, so caution is advised.

  • raj

    Sony Camera !!

  • Rushan

    We tried Sony on S, S2, S3, S4, N, N2, N3… I think this time its Samsung for a change

  • Bradley Uffner

    Does anyone else remember the days when news stories used to report facts instead of rumors?

  • MasterMuffin

    Why would they do that? OIS is the thing so unless they’re going to suddenly make a huge surprise and have a 16mp camera with OIS, 13mp it is

  • Maez

    I cant wait to see this 16mp camera sensor put it into the test.

  • Rajkumar

    What ever u do kindly make the design more premium and give a rich feel to it.

    Frnds will it be possible for sammy to use pureview tech. From Nokia…. license it from them or something like that… or may be big daddy MS Will not allow it.

  • Gnusmas

    And it will no doubt look as different and iconic as the s4 is to the s3……mmm

  • David Miller

    Samsung cameras are more advanced than Sony cameras.

    Samsung System LSI is the most advanced camera technology company.