Samsung announces the first 200MP smartphone photo sensor

Samsung annuncia il primo sensore fotografico per smartphone da 200MP thumbnail

Samsung announced ISOCELL HP1, a 200 megapixel photo sensor intended for smartphone cameras: is the highest resolution smartphone sensor ever made. The ISOCELL HP1 has pixels from 0,64 μm and can group 16 simultaneously for the equivalent of a 12.5 megapixel sensor with 2.56 μm pixels.

Samsung announces its 200 megapixel smartphone photo sensor

Samsung calls the HP1 pixel-binning technology “ChameleonCell”. This technology allows the sensor to be extremely versatile: it can indeed group 16 pixels, four by four, forming an image from 12,5 megapixel. This mode is intended for low light situations. It is also capable of using a two-by-two binning technique for 50 megapixel images. Of course, it can also capture photos with a full resolution of 200 megapixels.

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The two-by-two binning mode also allows the HP1 to acquire 8K video at 30 frames per second. Samsung claims to be able to shoot in 8K without cropping, although the standard 8K (7,680 x 4,320) is less than 50 megapixels.

Along with the ISOCELL HP1, Samsung also announced a new sensor called ISOCELL GN5. It is a sensor from 50 megapixel con pixel da 1,0 μm that focuses everything on focus. The company says it is the first 1.0 μm pixel sensor to integrate its technology Dual Pixel Pro. It would look like a smaller 1.4μm pixel version of the GN2, which was the largest smartphone sensor available when it debuted on Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Ultra this year.

Samsung hasn’t said when both of the new sensors will go into series production, but samples are currently available for phone manufacturers. Manufacturers can therefore now test the new sensors and it is very likely that Samsung will decide to use the HP1 in its next Galaxy range.