Reported Samsung Galaxy S IV 13MP camera module makes an appearance

October 3, 2012
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Now that the Samsung Galaxy S III has enjoyed a few months in the spotlight, it's time to start in on the Galaxy S IV rumors. We already got the rumor mill churning with the claim that Samsung would reveal the Galaxy S IV at MWC 2013, but today it's all about the camera baby. According to Korean site Newstomato (via Samsung-Updates), a 13-megapixel camera module has been spotted online, and it's headed directly for the Galaxy S IV.

The claim that the Galaxy S IV will house a 13-megapixel shooter isn't much of a shocker. After all, it was widely expected that the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II would feature a 13MP camera, but that ultimately didn't happen. Instead, the cameras on both are 8-megapixels, so we're long overdue for a Galaxy-branded device with an 13-megapixel camera.

According to the reports, this bad boy will be able to take pictures in 4208×3120 resolution and comes it at 8.5×8.5×5.9mm in size. While it does make sense that Samsung would want to significiantly increase the quality of the camera with the next Galaxy S device, it's probably a good idea to remain skeptical until we get some actual details from the company. Remember, Samsung won't reveal the Galaxy S IV for a while yet, so getting excited about the phone's camera this early on could very well lead to disappointment.

Still, we can't help but get a little excited by the thought of a 13-megapixel camera in the Galaxy S IV. 20 million Galaxy S III sales in 100 days pretty much guarantee that we'll see the S IV eventually, so we'll be finding out if this legitimate soon enough. Keep it tuned here to Android Community for more details!


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  • Richard Yarrell

    Yes Sir, The Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 will both have that 13megipix camera. Nice to look forward too. Meanwhile I love my Galaxy S3 and will soon be loving my Galaxy Note 2 in the coming month.

  • Larry

    The problem with all these ultra small sensors is that they become diffraction limited unless your optic design uses lenses with very small f-numbers (i.e. lets in lots of light). The sensor being discussed is a 1/3″ size or has a sensor 4.8mm x 3.6mm. The diffraction limit for this size sensor with 13 Mpixels is f=1.85. Not saying it can’t be done, but that is a pretty large lens for a phone. The existing S3 has a f=2.6 lens from what I’ve been able to find. With this proposed 1/3″ sensor, f=2.6 becomes diffraction limited at 6.6 Mpixels. The S3 itself uses a 1/3.2″ sensor (4.536mm x 3.416mm) so it actually is diffraction limited at 5.9 Mpixels (f=2.6), so even today we don’t really make the best use of our 8 Mpixel sensor. I guess playing the Mpixel game makes for good advertising, but not necessarily higher quality images.

  • phoenix19861

    samsung galaxy s4
    - Exynos 5450 2.0 Ghz (28nm)
    - Mali T658
    - LPDDR3 3GB Ram
    - eMMC Pro Classe 1500
    - 16 mp 1080p camera
    - 5″ display ClorOled (358 ppi)
    - battery 3200 mAh
    Lte/Lte advanced