Chinese electronics manufacturer Xiaomi has announced two new cell phone cameras. The first has a 64-megapixel sensor in the flagship Redmi phone. The second has a 108-megapixel sensor built for a future phone.
The 64 megapixels will be packed onto a 1/1.7 " sensor. This sensor is supposed to have improved low light performance over its previous 48-megapixel camera sensor. The size of the 108-megapixel sensor has not been announced yet, but I can imagine it will be at least 1/1.7" if not larger. The sensor is produced by Samsung and is called the ISOCELL, "ultra-clear." Images produced by this camera will be 12,032 pixels by 9,024 pixels.
I do not see how Xiaomi could pack that many megapixels into that small of a sensor, while at the same time increasing the low light capability. Is it possible Xiaomi is adding a new pixel tech like Huawei's RYYB (Red-Yellow-Yellow-Blue) pixel layout that replaces the green pixels with yellow pixels? Without some kind of new tech, the camera could be very limited in its abilities. This new camera could produce an image that has incredible detail in bright light but produces muddy, noisy photos in low light. Or possibly, this could be a sensor that pushes cell phones closer to professional use.