Samsung could move to larger camera sensors for the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus


For the past few years, the best camera sensor in Samsung’s Galaxy S lineup of phones has been reserved for the Ultra. The normal S21 and S21 Plus still provided great photos, but those continued to use the same 12MP camera system from the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus.

Samsung could be switching things up (for the better) with the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus. A new rumor from FrontTron suggests that these two devices will feature an upgraded 50MP primary camera, a 12MP ultrawide lens, and a 12MP 3x telephoto sensor. But the leaker also states that you should take the information with a little bit of salt.

While the development of the Galaxy S22 is undoubtedly underway, it’s far too early to really say what the final product will look like. Smartphones go through a myriad of design and hardware changes during their development. We’ve seen leaked renders for devices, only to be shown something entirely different when it comes time to show it off.

So what does the move from the 12MP sensor to a 50MP really mean? Well honestly, we’re not expecting things to change too much. Pictures will be a bit more clear, but Samsung has already done a fantastic job with its cameras despite not upgrading them for the base Galaxy S device.

However, it’s possible that Samsung will be using its latest 50MP sensor with the Isocell GN2. This uses smaller pixels than the current 12MP models while being able to provide pixel-binned 12.5MP images. The big upgrade with using this camera would be improved auto-focus, a 4K/120fps slow-motion recording mode, and even being able to record 1080p video at 480fps.

Another benefit to using the new Isocell GN2 sensor is the fact that it’s the smallest camera sensor of its size. This could help Samsung if it decides to change up the design, making the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus even slimmer than they already are.

We’re still more than a few months away from the Galaxy S22 launch, so expect to learn much more about this lineup as we get closer to launch.


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