108 Megapixel – The Revolution in Smartphone Cameras

By now, you’d have realized that smartphone photography was making rapid progress. Computational imaging and the grinding of hardware limits engineer this development. We saw the leap from 48MP to 64MP in a period of only a few months and we wished for an incredible 108MP camera phone!

The importance of a 108MP sensor is now for sure debatable. Despite this, marketers are quick to grab the tech and bundle it as their selling proposal. Xiaomi had been the first to do that. Three smartphones were launched with 108MP camera sensors, while Samsung (which is the maker of this Megapixel sensor) and a few others joined the fray.

Samsung will use its Tetra cell technology which integrates four pixels as one to help users of smartphones take better pictures under low-light conditions. Minimizing noise can also be aided by the technology while improving color accuracy.

As for bright lighting conditions, the new 108-megapixel camera sensor from Samsung will use the company's Smart-ISO mechanism to help build more vivid images by adjusting the ambient light-based level of amplifier gains. The ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor can capture videos at 30 fps (frames per second) at resolutions of up to 6 K (6016x3384).

Pros

A greater MP count means that the output can be displayed on a larger canvas without going down on performance. And clearly the 108MP boasts a fairly large resolution of pixels. But do numbers actually translate into results? Let's dig deeper.

  • Samsung underscores the capability of the large sensor size to capture excellent details even in menial lighting conditions.
  • Also, there is a Smart ISO mode that lowers ISO for vibrant images in brightness and propels ISO for less noise in underexposed regions of a frame.
  • The wider the surface of the sensor, the lighter it collects. The same comparison occurs to the light and pixel size.
  • This sensor also supports 6k video footage at 60 frames per second so it'll be pretty good for the video maker.
  • The greatest benefit of 108-megapixel pictures is the versatility you later have with the image being cropped. You can vigorously crop a 108-megapixel picture, and still have large enough resolution to print decent quality or post to social media.

But it's not just the pros but also some few disadvantages. For instance, here are only a few problems to remember –

Cons

  • LACK OF DETAIL

With dedicated medium format cameras, it cannot provide the super fine information you’d get. In bright light it does show good quality, but in low light the images are blurry and noisy.

  • SLOW TO SHOOT

Ultra-high-resolution photography limits the frame rates of the camera and its buffer, as there is only so much bandwidth and data that the image processor can accommodate at one time.

  • FILE SIZE

The larger the resolution of the camera, the larger the picture and the more storage your phone takes up. For a 108mp shot the average image size is around 20 MBs.

Conclusion

By shooting at 108 megapixels, you get an ultra-high-res photo, which comes in handy when you’re cropping, retouching and compositing images. You still get a sharp and clear photo after cropping, which is advantageous if you do a lot of printing or want landscapes with exceptional detail.