Samsung debuts ToF sensor to fight with Apple’s Lidar

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One of the biggest novelties that the iPhone 12 that we are already enjoying in Spain is the new sensor Lidar. This camera, available on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, is a variant of the ToF cameras that we have been using for a few years on Android.

Samsung has decided that it will not only be interested in using these sensors, but that it will produce them, from its ISOCELL photographic sensors division. Thus was born the ISOCELL Vizion 33D.

A ToF sensor to enhance photos, videos, and augmented reality

Samsung debuts ToF sensor to fight with Apple's Lidar 1

This sensor, like all ToFs, are manufactured to precisely measure the distance that the objects that we point to with the camera are.

They can be used at the rear to improve the quality of background blur in images, or to make autofocus faster, especially in low light.

Samsung debuts ToF sensor to fight with Apple's Lidar 2

They can also be used in front to perform a much safer facial detection than that provided by cameras, as we have seen in iPhones with Face ID or in Huawei Mate in recent years.

High-level performance

Samsung debuts ToF sensor to fight with Apple's Lidar 3

This type of sensor does not follow the same rules as photographic ones, so a resolution of 0.3 Mpx (640 × 480 px) may seem scarce, but in this case it is not.

In addition, it offers a very high depth detection range, ranging from 20 cm to 5 meters. This will help not only blur the background of photos, but also of videos. Of course, it will have applications in augmented reality.

Finally, it has been optimized so that it does not consume high energy, which is critical on mobile devices such as smartphones.

It remains to be confirmed if the new Galaxy S21 will have these sensors on the back as some information suggests that it would not.

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