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Samsung announces new 13MP camera unit with optical image stabilization

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Will this camera be in the next Galaxy device?

Samsung has revealed a brand new smartphone camera unit with a 13-megapixel sensor, optical image stabilization, and improved low light performance. The announcement (in Korean) explains that the camera's OIS will correct camera shake up to 1.5°—better than the HTC One's 1° OIS.

Because the camera can be hand-held without causing blurriness from an unsteady photographer, Samsung claims that the low light performance is eight times better than current smartphone cameras. The whole component measures at 10.5 x 10.5 x 5.9mm and will feature power-saving technology.

Samsung's press release doesn't name any devices that the new camera will appear in, but tech experts are guessing that we will see it next year in the Galaxy S5 and Note 4. 

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stylinred

I hope its an adequately sized sensor...i'd like a nice camera to move on from my symbian pureview

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jcuknz

I wonder if it will work in my Thornton Pickard clone ? :-)

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chj

All the camera manufacturers are trying to woo customers with "improvements" that really won't improve mobile photos. Megapixels, stabilization, etc. Stabilization may help out chumps that don't even pay attention to staying steady, but they don't care about good photos anyway.

For people that do stay steady, you're still shooting at 1/20 shutter speed in anything less than bright light. At that speed, anything moving is blurred. No amount of pixels or stabilization will help. All those blurry party pictures might have clearer backgrounds with Samsung's new unit, but the blurriness of the subjects won't benefit much.

SHUTTER SPEED, we need freaking shutter speed!

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sportyaccordy

Wake me up when the pocketable APS-C cameraphone arrives....

8x better than other cameraphones is still pretty bad compared to a decently quick large sensor anything.

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utomo99

samsung must put this immediately on the galaxy series gadget

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Menneisyys

They will because they know the do lose a lot of customers to both LG and Nokia because of OIS - but, unfortunately, not immediately.

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Petrogel

If this will be the next removable camera-gadget for Samsung cell phones then 100.000.000 of these will sell like hotcakes

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Michael Ma

This was supposed to go inside the Note 3 but they couldn't meet the quota. Sadness... My Note 3 would have been so much sweeter.

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Menneisyys

Yup, the lack of OIS is the main reason for my not getting the Note 3.

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inazuma11

put in 1" sensor pls.

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falconeyes

From the image, the lens would be no more than a 1.8mm aperture. Which is only half the 3.3mm of the Nokia 808's lens, the current smartphone class leader. Therefore, this new device can only capture 1/4 the light of the class leader and won't be that interesting.

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Serenity Now

Do you mean smartphone camera leader or smartphone leader?

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Abhijith Kannankavil

you are comparing two cameras with different sensor sizes. so this camera module may have a lesser f number even if the lens is smaller.

for now, all we can do is just speculate.

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falconeyes

F-number is irrelevant for cross-system evaluations. Physical lens diameter is the only parameter left in any equation.

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tkbslc

Considering most smartphone photos seem to be of people, using SS lower than 1/30 seem to be of little value. My guess is that, like regular cameras, the OIS will merely encourage less savvy photographers to create camera-steady photos with motion blur.

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vFunct

You can take still shots of people at parties down to 1/10 second just fine with image stabilization.

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sodacan

Be that as it may, instead of the whole picture becoming a blurry mess, with image stabilization you can have atleast a partly sharp picture. It matters. Then there's also more hope of getting the whole picture sharp.

I don't have data but I'm pretty sure handshake is a far greater image ruiner than motion blur. Though it's doubtful that these optical stablizations even allow really super long shutter times.

There's no negatives to this technology. Samsung may be a bit late to the game but bring it on! Every manufacturer.

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SHood

Very interesting. I hadn't realized how low the bar has been set for smartphone photos.

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chj

@vFunct, you can't take pictures of people at parties at 1/10, not unless they are posing and standing still

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msatlas

The LG G2 has a 13 mp camera with OIS. Perhaps it's this unit?

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Menneisyys

Surely not. Samsung would have put this unit in the Note 3 at least, if they already had it ready some months ago. After all, they too know people _WANT_ OIS.

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Jon Stern

This is built by SEMCO. Samsung's camera module integrator (CMI) division. They are a major CMI selling modules on the open market.

Them offering this does not necessarily mean that it will be used in any Samsung mobile products.

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DanielFjall

But why wouldn't it?

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Jon Stern

Oh, it might. I just wanted to point out that there's not a direct connection.

They might go for something quite different from a 13MP 1/3.2-inch for the S5.

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