realme has just hosted its Camera Innovation Event where it detailed the Samsung ISOCELL HM2 108MP sensor which will debut with the realme 8 series. The sensor features 9 to 1-pixel binning technology and up to 3x lossless zoom.
The Samsung ISOCELL HM2 is a 1/1.52” Sensor with 0.7 μm pixel size and Super-PD autofocus. It handles up to 12000×9000 image pixel resolution and records videos up to 4K at 120 fps.
realme has developed several custom optimizations to the sensor which the upcoming realme 8 Pro will feature.
The 3x in-sensor lossless zoom is one of them and it takes 12MP photos and mapping the zoomed area to preserve details and colors without over-sharpening. The image processing takes eight consecutive 12MP shots which is enhanced with the aid of an algorithm for increased clarity. This, according to the company, is a superior process to that of some telephoto lenses in terms of sharpness.
Another new feature is Starry Mode for astrophotography time-lapse videos. It utilizes a video algorithm that shoots 30 photos in 8 minutes and results in 1s time-lapse video.
The company also adds a Tilt-shift Time-lapse video to the ISOCELL HM2 which uses an algorithm to capture tilt-shift photos and videos. These photos simulate a miniature world by keeping parts of the image out of focus. The new camera mode will let you select the angle, position, and bokeh size from the camera settings in addition to adding transition effects between blurred and clear areas. The realme 8 Pro will be the first smartphone to feature this.
New portrait modes will also be featured including Dynamic Bokeh Portrait, AI Color Portrait, and Neon Portrait.
In addition to introducing the 108MP sensor, realme has also teased the back of the realme 8 Pro featuring its quad-camera setup. The back has a slight curve and we get to see part of the Dare to Leap branding as well. The company has yet to announce just when we’ll see the realme 8 series though, although it has revealed that it is the flagship series that focus on the camera.