Samsung Rolls Out World’s First 200MP Smartphone Camera
By Sodeinde Temidayo David
Samsung Mobile has announced a new camera sensor called Isocell HP1 which is the world’s first 200-megapixel (MP) smartphone.
This means the megapixel race isn’t over yet as the Isocell HP1 is the first to boast a resolution of 200MP smartphone camera with aIt is a 1/1.22-inch sensor pixel size of 0.64 micrometres (μm).
The Isocell HP1 brings an ultrahigh-resolution in a small package that fits comfortably in today’s smartphones.
With the Isocell HP1, pictures hold an astonishing amount of detail that helps the image stay sharp even when cropped or resized.
This brand-new sensor, using Samsung’s pixel-binning technology called ChameleonCell, images can be captured in a number of resolutions to suit the settings.
The four by four pixel-binning is designed for improved low-light performance produces 12.5-megapixel shots, while the two by two binning produces 50-megapixel shots.
The two-by-two binning mode also lets the HP1 capture 8K video in less than 50 megapixels.
According to the company, the Isocell HP1 can take 4k and 8K videos at 30 frames-per-second (fps) with minimum loss in the field of view.
It also combines four pixels into one larger pixel, for an effective resolution of 50 megapixels and far better performance in low-light situations.
For even better low-light performance, the Isocell HP1 can combine 16 pixels into large, 2.56μm pixels, for an effective resolution of 12.5 megapixels.
Alongside the Isocell HP1, the company also revealed the Isocell GN5, the first image sensor to adopt all-directional focusing Dual Pixel Pro, an all-directional autofocusing technology, that can substantially boost autofocusing capabilities, with two photodiodes in a single 1.0μm pixel.
This tech places two tiny photodiodes, a semiconductor p-n junction device that converts light into an electrical current, very close to the sensor’s pixels, for a total of 1 million photodiodes covering all areas of the sensor.
This allows for instantaneous autofocus and sharper images in both very bright, and low-lit environments.
These new sensors are set to be able to use all those pixels to produce an absolutely massive image, in real life usage phone cameras will probably mostly rely on the sensor’s pixel binning capabilities.