Samsung's latest cameraphone sensor has backside illumination, zero shutter lag
By Emily Price
February 27, 2012
Samsung has unveiled a new 1/3.2-inch 8-megapixel CMOS imager, the S5K3H7, which utilizes 1.4um backside illuminated (BSI) pixel technology for capturing photos in low-light situations. The sensor is designed to be used in high-end smartphones, and promises zero shutter lag, along with the ability to capture 1080p video at 30fps while using less power than the sensors that came before it.
The high-speed sensor can be used to specifically capture photos of fast-moving objects, such as players during a sports game or pets. The sensor can also capture 720p video at 120fps, and VGA-quality video at 240fps.
The imaging chips are set to go into production in the next few months. There's no word on what phones will ultimately include the sensors.