Here is why the Samsung ISOCELL CMOS sensor in the Galaxy S5 is so awesome [VIDEO]



Samsung’s new 16 megapixel camera in the Samsung Galaxy S5 can capture photos with more pixels compared to the 13 megapixel sensor in the Galaxy S4, but what has the South Korean company done to improve overall performance? The answer is their ISOCELL CMOS technology, which introduces several new breakthroughs in mobile photography that enables DSLR-like photo quality in a sensor thin enough for a phone.

Truth be told, the person presenting the technology in this video throws a ton of terms that may go over a lot of people’s heads, but if you see the type of photos they say you can produce as a result of all that, that’s all you’ll need to know to get excited about the device’s camera sensor. You’ll be able to see the samples Samsung provided in the gallery below.

Of note is the sensor’s ability to capture lowlight photos with great clarity and quality. Of course, we can’t speak to these claims ourselves without having had a chance to test the device, but you can bet we’ll be looking to do that once the Samsung Galaxy S5 hits the market. Watch the quick presentation above.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Thanks for the awesome video! This is the camera to beat this year. Kudos

  2. Just looking at sample photos on xda, it’s not as impressive in real world use as they lead you to believe.

    1. That’s odd cause the that Xda thread was how I realized how awesome the isocell was. I couldn’t get over the dynamic range lol. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2662379

      1. I’ll take a 2nd look. Maybe some better photos have been posted.

      2. I still don’t think any of those are that impressive. I’ve taken better shots with the HTC One than any of those. I try to lug around the DSLR if I have the option though :(

    2. gimmicky crap from samsung

  3. Long exposure time on the S5..? Have your tripod handy..! %)

    1. i was just about to say that! as long as everthing stays still the shots look pretty damn good, but with any movement its almost like an added effect to the pictures. doesnt look real at all. but the first one of the water fall capturing the light looks cool!

      1. If it works it looks great. If it doesn’t you get an instant mystery photo effect. It’s a win-win!

        1. lol! stayin positive. It does make some of these pics look good no doubt. i wonder what a shot of someones child playin a sport would look like tho! these photos shown dont really show an image in motion that looks important to capture. i would like to see! but your right it made some of these pictures look good.

  4. Hmmm… Colors look nice, but where can I see full sized samples? Shrinking images does wonders in hiding noise, softness and other undesirable qualities.

    1. Hey, their camera tech was already at the top of the game, easily on par with anything Apple or HTC put out. The S4 only surrendered ground to a couple of Lumias. If even half of the stuff in that video pan out, this will be the industry leader in photography this year.

  5. Looking forward to this on my Note 4. I see no other phone worth upgrading to. Not even the S5. I love the S pen functionality, large screen, and multitasking of the Note series.

  6. That image quality is hard to believe… I’m leaning towards trickery, at this point.

    1. Shenanigans, even?

    2. Hey, their camera tech was already at the top of the game, easily on par with anything Apple or HTC put out. The S4 only surrendered ground to a couple of Lumias. If even half of the stuff in that video pan out, this will be the industry leader in photography this year.

      1. On par with HTC? HTC’s “Ultra Pixel” camera wasn’t even as good as it was made out to be. Many reviewers gave it the flick.

        1. I agree, but some people swore by it. However, you HAD to recognize the S4 as a legitimate contender.

      2. It’s delusional to think that the S4 camera was anywhere near the iPhones or Lumias

        1. Actually, I am being very nice in putting the iPhone anywhere near the top of the heap. It’s default camera has the least pro set or manual controls of any of the aforementioned phones. Apple’s typical thought process… If the shot doesn’t look good when you hit the shutter, you shouldn’t be taking the picture. Don’t even try to change anything. The Lumina was nice, though.

        2. the iphone camera is a bit of a joke ,in professional camera review sites ,it only got 5th place from the 2013 smartphones ,s4 came 2nd i believe ,or note 3 ,same camera

      3. I would partially agree with you, in the day time the galaxy s4 camera held its own, i had this phone and it did very well in nice daylight, where it was well and truely trumped was in low light and dark,and by the end of the year it was one of the worst of the 2013 cameraphones, but considering it was the first phone of the year you can see why, all the competition had a benchmark to work towards and improve, I think most modern phones with from the past 12 month do a more then adequate job of capturing stills in daytime and the difference is marginal, but this year it should be about low light and night shots in my opinion, megapixel count means nothing really as it is more then 90% about the software and sensors working properly and probably less then 10% about MP count.
        Im looking forward to seeing the every day samples from the s5 before casting any judgement, as them pics are set up and all optimal settings and a proper photographer would have been used to get the best out of the camera, real world situations wont look as finely polished but we will see

    3. Not really. More a matter of knowing what to photograph to make your imaging chip look good on a web blog. Look at the samples, most of them are shot in very flat light (the waterfalls, the buildings and the fall leaves) the other ones have dynamic range issues, but are the types of images were you expect to see it. For example, the posts in the water are completely dropped into silhouette (which you are used to seeing on a bright seashore image) the two images of light trails are blown completely, but you expect to see that on these types of images.

      I’m sure it will be as good or better than the other options, but people shouldn’t expect the world from a phone camera.

  7. Every singel cameraphone can take fantastic photos if you take enought photos and use the right setup. Lets see what real world uses photos look like until I decide on my next android camera phone.

    1. Very good point. Also, Welsh flag picture!

  8. What’s the pixel size? That’s one of the most important pieces of info they decided to leave out.

  9. Knowing Samsung, there’s a ton of post-processing in these

  10. I would love to see you’re sample photos on release day. The photo quality is one of the most important things to me, so I’m hoping their claims are true.

    1. Great Review!

  11. Those samples look to be 16:9 that is a change for the galaxy

    1. yes ,even on hands on videos ,the image options were wide resolutions

  12. That’s seems cool! There is no need to carry bulky
    digital cameras to click photographs in the dim light with Samsung Galaxy S5. I
    am waiting for its availability in the market which is according to the various
    news posts will be available in the mid of April. But I think the battery might
    get drain out soon if continuous use of its camera features. Not an issue in
    order to explore more I will keep charging it on my wireless charger so that I
    can use each and every feature of it.

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