Samsung's Dual Pixel technology to give bokeh capability to single camera setups

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First up is the ISOCELL Fast 2L9 that utilizes Dual Pixel technology. It has an out-focusing feature, which blurs the background for a clear view of the subject, and uses just one image sensor.

Samsungs ISOCELL camera sensor brand has two new additions – one in the Fast and one in the Slim categories. Even with that tiny pixel size, this sensor can give smartphone cameras a high color fidelity, and allows those phones to cram in a 24 MP image sensor inside a thin casing. Following that pattern, Samsung is announcing two new members of its four-tier product line, the ISOCELL Fast 2L9 and the ISOCELL Slim 2X7. With smaller pixel size, the ISOCELL Fast 2L9 can fit into slimmer camera modules, enabling bump-less designs for smartphones. Plus, the new sensor promises Bokeh (or depth-of-field) effect without the need for two sensors; a single sensor will suffice. Another new camera sensor - the ISOCELL Slim 2X7 - even takes the smaller pixel size to another level. The Slim 2X7 sensor claims to be the first to have pixels below 1μm measuring in at 0.9μm per pixel. It works by pixel-binning - combining four neighboring pixels to work as one.

The ISOCELL Slim 2X7 is also packed with Tetracell technology, which lets the sensor take brighter photographs in the dark and more detailed ones in well-lit environments. It then uses a re-mosaic algorithm to actually create a full resolution image from those merged pixels. It'll still be able to tap into all 24 megapixels when lighting conditions are better.

Samsung has traditionally used its own camera sensors for its smartphones, so we will be seeing these new sensors in upcoming smartphones - perhaps on the Samsung Galaxy S9.

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