Samsung’s research and development on image sensors is yielding results for the mobile phone market. Samsung announced that they have developed 12 MP and 8 MP CMOS sensors for smart phones and other high end phones. The 12 MP sensors are based on 1.12 micron technology whereas the 8 MP sensors are based on 1.4 micron technology. Both the sensors are of the 1/3.2-inch size format which will fit the 8.5 x 8.5 x 6.0 mm dimensions for use on phones.
Samsung claims that the new sensors will offer crisp image quality as well HD video recording at high frame rates. The 12 MP S5K3L1 sensor will be able to shoot 12 MP images at 30 fps and 1080p video at 60 fps as well as 720p videos at 90 fps which is more than what most good digital cameras and camcorders can these days. The sensors will go into mass production soon and samples of the sensors will be available sometime in the third quarter of 2011. The new sensors will also be shown off at MWC 2011 a few days from now as well.