Tech: Rumour has it that Samsung could be developing a smartphone camera with massive 1/1.7inch type sensor and an equally mind-boggling f/1.4 lens, but don’t expect it to appear in the forthcoming Galaxy Note 6 as it battles with the anticipated iPhone 7 Pro.
According to a report at Photo Rumors these new camera components will form part of a highly-aggressive smartphone camera development road-map for Samsung, a road eventually leading to the impressive specs above. A bigger sensor increases the amount of light that can be captured, and therefore plays a very significant role in the overall picture quality a camera can deliver – especially in low light situations.
However, there’s no way such a camera module would fit inside a phone with anything like the dimensions of any future Galaxy S8 or even Galaxy Note 6 handsets.
A 1/1.7” type sensor wouldn’t be the largest ever camera sensor in a smartphone, that accolade belongs to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 with its 1” type sensor, but it would represent a significant leap in sensor size over current flagship handsets such as the 1/2.5” type sensor found in the Galaxy S7.
Although technically a fully functional smartphone, the DMC-CM1 is marketed as a camera with phone capabilities rather than the other way around. To find a bona fide smartphone with a sensor anywhere near the size of Samsung’s rumoured monster, we have to go back to 2013 and Nokia ’s Lumia 1020 with its 1/1.5” sensor or to 2012 for the, now legendary, 808 PureView. This exceptionally bulbous handset featured a 41 megapixel 1/2” type sensor with an f2.4 lens and, despite being four years old, still sees use today from some die-hard fans.......Continue reading of FORBES