Samsung 108MP ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor

Photography in the mid-range segment has improved a lot in the last few years, thanks to the large resolution sensors that combine light gathered by 4 or more adjoining pixels. This evolution is also engined by computational photography and grinding hardware limits. Thus we saw the jump from 48MP to 64MP and eponymous 108MP camera phones!

Now the relevance of a 108MP sensor is debatable for sure. Nonetheless, brands are quick to grab the tech and package it as their selling proposition. Xiaomi was the first to do so. It launched 3 smartphones with 108MP camera sensors, while Samsung (which BTW is the maker of this MEGApixel sensor) and a few others have followed suit.

With that intro, let’s have a look at some of the current and upcoming smartphones with 108MP cameras:

Do you need the 108MP Camera Sensor?

Foremost, let’s see what it is and then delve into the existential question.

As stated above, Samsung is the developer of the first, and currently only, 108MP camera sensor. The South Korean giant debuted the optics back in August 2019. It’s called the ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor. The sensor uses Tetracell technology aka pixel binning technology, which outs an effective 27MP image. Specs-wise, the pixel size is 0.8 microns and the sensor sizes to 1/1.33-inches (Mind you, this is touted as an industry-first).

Samsung unveiled the ISOCELL HM2 in September of 2020. It is the brand’s third iteration of a 108MP sensor. It still employs 9 to 1 pixel binning and is capable of up to 3x lossless zoom. There is also support for 4K @ 120 fps video recording and Super-PD autofocus. The HM2 (1/1.52″) sensor is smaller than the HM1 (1/1.33″). And even the pixel is as small as 0.7μm.

In 2021, Samsung has an HM3 sensor that supports 12-bit colors and has 0.8μm pixels. It also has SuperPD plus technology to accelerate Auto-focus speeds.

A higher MP count means the output can be presented on a bigger canvas without dropping on quality. And the 108MP clearly boasts a fairly large pixel resolution. But do numbers translate to result? Let’s delve.

Samsung underlines the large sensor size’s ability in capturing very good details even in menial lighting conditions. This in tandem with a functional Night Mode should play well. There is also a Smart ISO feature that lowers ISO in bright areas for vivid photos and propels ISO for lesser noise in underexposed areas of a scene.

The bigger the sensor surface, the more light it captures. The same correlation applies to pixel size and light. Apart from this, this sensor also gives you the support of 6k video recording at 30fps, so it is going to be quite good for the video creator.

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List of Best 108MP Camera Phones in 2022 

Here are some of the best options with a 108MP camera in 2022 that you may consider.

1. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

The topmost variant of the newly launched Galaxy S22 Series, Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (review) comes with a 108MP main camera sensor. It has a next-gen Iscocell HM3 sensor with a 1/3.3-inch size. The camera setup also includes a 12MP ultrawide sensor and a couple of 10MP lenses with 3x and 10x optical zoom.

There is a 40MP front camera as well. Galaxy S22 Ultra comes with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, 5000mAh battery with 45W fast charging, S-Pen support, 6.8-inch WQHD+ Dyanamic AMOLED display, and 120Hz refresh rate. Its price starts at Rs. 1,09,999 in India.

2. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (review) is equipped with the latest Isocell HM3 sensor with large 1/3.3-inch size. The sensor bins 9 pixels to 1 and supports 12bit colors. The Galaxy S21 Ultra also includes 3x Zoom and 10x Zoom cameras and can handle up to 100x digital zoom.

Other highlights include a 6.9-inch 120Hz Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED Display, Exynos 2100, Wi-Fi 6E, and a 5000mAh battery.

3. Xiaomi Mi 11i HyperCharge

Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge has a 108MP primary camera sensor which is a part of the triple camera setup at the rear end. The other two lenses are an 8MP ultrawide lens and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, the smartphone has a 16MP selfie camera. The device is a mid-range offering from Xiaomi and comes with Hyper Everything.

11i HyperCharge is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 920 chipset and is 5G capable. It has an AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The device packs a 4500mAh battery with 120W fast charging, which is the highest speed currently. It charges the phone from 0 to 100% in just 17 minutes. It is priced in India starting at Rs. 26,999.

4. Realme 8 Pro

Realme 8 Pro (review) gets you the 108MP megapixel goodness without burning your pocket. It is a Samsung HM2 sensor. Other sensors in the lot are an 8MP 119° ultra-wide, a 2MP macro, and finally a 2MP B&W lens. In the meantime, a 16MP snapper handles the selfies and video calls upfront.

The frontier holds a 6.4-inch, 2400 x 1800, HDR10, AMOLED panel with a 60Hz refresh rate. The underlying processor is an 8nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G. Other internals includes 6GB/8GB LPDDR4x RAM, 128 UFS 2.1 storage, and a 4500mAh with 50W SuperDart Charge. Realme 8 Pro comes with Realme UI 2.0 based on the Android 11 platform.

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5. Xiaomi 11T Pro

Xiaomi 11T Pro is also a mid-range offering from the house of Xiaomi. It has come with the latest 108MP camera setup. The main camera is a Samsung HM2 sensor and it is accompanied by an 8MP ultrawide camera and an 8MP macro sensor. At the front is a 16MP selfie snapper.

The device is powered by Snapdragon 888 SoC and runs Android 11 based MIUI 12.5 along with a 6.67-inch FHD+ True Color display. It packs a 5000mAh battery with 120W fast charging and retails at Rs. 39,999 in India.

6. Redmi Note 11 Series

The Redmi Note 11 Series comprises of the Redmi Note 11S, Redmi Note 11 Pro, and Redmi Note 11 Pro+ and all three of them come with a 108MP main camera sensor. The 11S and 11Pro both have the same quad-camera setup with 108MP main, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP depth, and 2MP macro lenses. The Pro+ unit has a triple camera setup with 108MP main, 8MP ultrawide, and a 2MP macro lens. All have a 5000mAh battery and run Android 11-based MIUI 13 out of the box. Redmi Note 11 Series price starts at Rs. 16,499 in India.

7. Redmi Note 10 Pro Max

Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is also a fairly affordable 108MP wielder on the list. This is a Samsung ISOCELL HM2 sensor. It leads to a quad-camera setup at the back comprising an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 5MP super macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor.

Rest, the phone packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G coupled with an Adreno 618 GPU, up to 8GB LPDDR4x RAM, and up to 256GB UFS 2.2 in-built storage. On top of this hardware, you get MIUI 12 based on Android 11. Upfront, there is a 6.67-inch 2400×1080, 120Hz refresh rate display with a punch hole in the middle. The selfie snapper is a 16MP sensor.

8. Moto G60

Moto G60 is an affordable device from Motorola which houses a 108MP main camera sensor at the rear end. The triple camera setup also includes an 8MP ultrawide camera and a 2MP depth sensor. There is a 32MP selfie camera at the front and a physical fingerprint sensor for security.

Moto G60 is powered by Snapdragon 723G SoC with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage and runs Android 11 OS. It has a massive 6000mAh battery with 20W fast charging. It has a 120Hz refresh rate for the display. It’s price starts at Rs. 18,099 in India.

9. Samsung Galaxy M53

Samsung recently for the first time offered its 108MP Samsung ISOCELL HM2 sensor in an M-series phone. Yes, the Galaxy M53 rocks a quad-camera setup featuring 108MP primary sensor coupled with 8MP telephoto sensor and two 2MP sensors for snapping.

Other highlights of the Galaxy M53 include a 32MP selfie clicker, MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC, Super AMOLED screens, and 120Hz refresh rate. It is currently one of the most popular phones under Rs 26,000 in the Indian market.

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9. Motorola Edge 20 & 20 Pro

Moto Edge 20 and 20 Pro are both upgraded versions of the Motorola Edge 20 Fusion. They have a 108MP primary camera with a 16MP ultra-wide lens and an 8MP telephoto lens that gives up to 3x optical zoom and 30x digital zoom.

Both of these phones have a 144Hz refresh rate. While the Edge 20 is powered by Snapdragon 778 SoC, the Edge 20 Pro is powered by Snapdragon 870 chipset. Motorola Edge 20 starts at Rs. 29,999 while the Motorola Edge 20 Pro starts at Rs. 36,999 in India.

10. Vivo V23 Pro 5G

Next up, we have the Vivo V23 Pro, which is technically the first v-series phone with a 108MP camera. In it, you have a 108MP primary camera followed by an 8MP ultrawide lens and a 2MP macro lens. So, a triple camera setup.

Apart from the camera, you also get features like Dimensity 1200 5G chipset, 8GB RAM, up to 256GB storage, Gorilla Glass 5 protection, a huge 4300mAh battery, 33W fast charging support, and FunTouch software.

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Best phones with 108MP Camera Sensor to buy in India

While many of the aforementioned phones are available to buy in India, there are still some that are yet to make their entry into the Indian market. Still and all, if and when these phones launch, you’ll find them on the list. So you may as well bookmark this page for future reference. Also, tell us your take on the rising megapixel count.

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