The Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone could feature a new camera that loves low-light photography, called Britecell.

The Britecell camera was revealed as official at a Samsung investor conference in Korea. It has already been teased at a previous conference but with less detail and no official name.

Despite being thinner than ever this new camera sports more, smaller pixels than current cameras. On top of that it works in a new way to let in even more light for far better low-light photos than current smartphone cameras.

The key to this extra light reaching the sensor is the removal of the Bayer filter layer. This traditionally turns pixels green and in doing so stops white light. This has been replaced with a filter that allows white pixels through instead.


The pixel size has also decreased from 1.12-micrometres to 1.0-micrometre. This allows the sensor itself to be shrunk, according to Samsung's slide, by up to a millimetre. If the Samsung Galaxy S7 gets this Britecell sensor the camera may no longer jut out of the back of the phone as it does on the Galaxy S6.

Samsung also announced a new Smart WDR dynamic range. This works similarly to HDR by taking multiple exposure shots and combining them to make a bright, colourful image.

The PDAF, phase detection autofocus, is also new for faster and more accurate focus on objects automatically – even if they're moving.

Since Samsung has publically announced the Britecell sensor at an investor conference it seems likely that it will appear next year in the Galaxy S7. Here's hoping the end result is better photos and a smaller camera form.

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