Samsung Galaxy S22’s camera module is speculated to be from Olympus.
The high-end specifications in flagship smartphones seem to have reached a saturation point, and now the company is focusing on the user experience. But one aspect that takes priority for many manufactures is to offer the best camera experience.
To improve the photo-taking experience on their flagship devices, many smartphone manufacturers are now partnering with camera and lens manufacturers. Nokia and Huawei have been doing this for a while, but more businesses are following suit. For the OnePlus 9 series, OnePlus recently formed a partnership with Hasselblad.
Samsung is also rumored to be partnering with Olympus of Japan for its Galaxy smartphone lineup, with the aim of improving the photography experience.
The concept renders of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S22 flagship smartphone created by Technizo Concept has been revealed.
The renders are based on reports that Olympus and Samsung are collaborating on camera output, and they are only concept renders, so the final design can differ.
The company seems to be in the process of quickly experimenting with its camera systems, modifying the recipe depending on what works and what doesn’t.
The use of a 3D Time-of-Flight sensor, or ToF, which was present before the Galaxy S20 last year, is one of the puzzle pieces that has changed since last year. That being said, the technology has been lacking since then, and it appears that next year’s Galaxy S22 will be the last to have it, indicating that it will be phased out for the time being.
A ToF sensor tests the time it takes light to move to and bounce back from an object on a technological level. In practice, it will generate a 3D image of what the sensor sees, including the depth and distance of objects and surfaces from the camera. This information can then be used for things like bokeh depth mapping, autofocus, or, more generally, augmented reality.
One of the reasons Apple included a 3D ToF in its iPhones was because of this, and Samsung naturally followed suit. Although with Google’s drive for AR stickers and tests, AR smartphone apps haven’t exactly taken off.
Following criticism of the Galaxy S20’s poor autofocus efficiency, Samsung replaced it with a laser AF device in the Galaxy Note 20, and it turns out that no one missed it in the Galaxy S21.
According to a source, Samsung has planned to remove it from the Galaxy S22 next year. Although consumers may not lose out on the AR features that it would have allowed, Samsung’s LSI company, which manufactures this 3D ToF for its mobile phones, may be the hardest hit by its absence.
On a rectangular module in the top-left corner, it displays a larger 200-megapixel primary camera sensor. A few other sensors are located under the primary sensor. Since it can absorb more light, the larger lens will significantly increase picture quality. Samsung recently hinted that it is working on a 200-megapixel image sensor to replace the 108-megapixel sensor used in the Galaxy S8.
Samsung recently hinted that it is working on a 200-megapixel image sensor to replace the 108-megapixel sensor used in the Galaxy S21 Ultra.
Not much else about the Galaxy S22 has leaked, but it’s still far too early to tell. According to rumors, Samsung will include sensor-shift camera stabilization technology in its flagship phone for next year.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, the company’s upcoming foldable smartphone set to launch in July or August this year, is expected to be the first to include a camera module developed in collaboration between Samsung and Olympus.