Samsung, last year, launched a 108MP ISOCELL HM3 camera sensor for smartphones. The new sensor was launched in a few premium smartphones and came with features likening-pixel binning, enhanced auto-focus, etc. The South Korean tech giant has now launched a 200MP smartphone camera sensor. The Samsung ISOCELL HP1 is the industry’s first 200MP sensor, which has 0.64μm pixels. Alongside, the company also unveiled a new 50MP ISOCELL GN5 sensor. It is the first image sensor to come with an all-directional focusing Dual Pixel Pro technology with two photodiodes in a single 1.0μm pixel. Let’s take a look at more details on the new Samsung 200MP, 50MP smartphone camera sensors launched today.
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Samsung ISOCELL HP1 200MP camera sensor launched
Samsung has announced a new 200MP ISOCELL HP1 camera sensor. It is the first 200MP smartphone camera sensor with 0.64μm pixels. Samsung states that the new ISOCELL HP1 sensor can capture “an astonishing amount of detail that helps the image stay sharp even when cropped or resized.” It features Samsung’s ChameleonCell technology, a pixel-binning technology that uses a two-by-two, four-by-four or full pixel layout depending on the environment.
The sensor produces 12.5MP images in lowlight conditions with large 2.56μm pixels by merging 16 neighbouring pixels. The company states that the newly formed 2.56μm pixel is capable of more light absorption and sensitivity, producing brighter and clearer photos in indoors or in the evening.
Samsung’s new 200MP HP1 sensor can record 8K videos at 30fps. It merges four neighbouring pixels to bring the resolution down to 50MP or 8,192 x 6,144 to take 8K (7,680 x 4,320) videos without the need to crop or scale down the full image resolution.
We can expect the Galaxy S22 series to feature Samsung’s new sensor. Other smartphone manufacturers are also likely to launch phones using the new 200MP sensor.
Samsung ISOCELL GN5 sensor
The company has also unveiled its new ISOCELL GN5 sensor alongside the 200MP sensor. The new 50MP ISOCELL GN5 sensor comes with Dual Pixel Pro technology, which is an all-directional autofocusing technology. It places two photodiodes within each 1.0μm pixel of the sensor either horizontally or vertically to recognise pattern changes in all directions. The sensor thus manages to focus instantly, enabling sharper images in either bright or low-lit environments, according to the company.
Samsung’s new 50MP GN5 sensor also features the company’s proprietary pixel technology, which applies Front Deep Trench Isolation (FDTI) on a Dual Pixel product. The FDTI tech helps absorb and hold more light information, improving the photodiodes’ full-well capacity (FWC) and decreasing crosstalk within the pixel.