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Samsung’s New Smartphone Camera Improves Stability and Brightness

by Jacob Kleinman | October 7, 2013October 7, 2013 11:00 am EST

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Samsung’s next generation of smartphone cameras may eliminate blurry photos once and for all. The company unveiled a new 13-megapixel camera sensor last week that promises twice the stability and brighter low-light shots than current generation sensors. It’s unclear when and where we’ll see the new technology first, but Samsung reports that it won’t begin production until 2014.

Plenty of smartphones currently on the market already offer Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), but Samsung’s new camera is in a league of its own. While the typical digital camera only corrects angular errors of up to 0.7 degrees, this new camera can fix shots up to 1.5-degrees off. The company also claims the new camera will take low light photos eight times better than existing models. The updated module is the same size as the current version, but uses less power.

Samsung notes that it developed the new technology alongside some of the world’s “leading smartphone makers,” suggesting the new camera will be used in plenty of upcoming smartphones and not just the latest Galaxy devices. However, with production slated to begin next year, we wouldn’t be surprised if the South Korean electronics giant used the rumored Galaxy S5 release to launch its new camera module.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...