New Samsung sensor enables higher resolution images from slimmer phones

    “The new Samsung 200 MP ISOCELL image sensor with the industry’s smallest pixel size of 0.56 m offers 200 MP in optical format 1/1.4.”

     SEOUL, South Korea

    Imaging technologies for mobile phones and devices made remarkable progress this week when Samsung Electronics Co. unveiled its new 200MP ISOCELL HP3 image sensor.

    The new image sensor features the industry’s smallest 0.56 micron (m) pixels, allowing handset manufacturers to continue offering much higher resolutions for their handsets while reducing the area of ​​the camera module by 20%.

    The sensor is the company’s second 200MP sensor and the smallest. Samsung has consistently led the image sensor market trend through its technology leadership in high-resolution sensors with the smallest pixels, said JoonSeo Yim, executive vice president of sensor business team at Samsung Electronics.

    With our latest and improved 0.56m 200MP ISOCELL HP3, Samsung will continue to work to bring smartphone camera users epic resolutions that go beyond professional levels.

    Since introducing the first 108-megapixel image sensor in 2019.

    Samsung has pioneered the development of next-generation ultra-high-resolution camera technologies that offer enhanced imaging capabilities in smaller sizes for mobile phones.

    The ISOCELL HP3, with a 12 percent smaller pixel size than its 0.64m predecessor, packs 200 million pixels in an optical format of 1/1.4, which is the diameter of the area captured by the camera lens.

    That means the ISOCELL HP3 can enable about a 20 percent reduction in camera module area, allowing smartphone makers to keep their premium devices slim, according to Samsung.

    The ISOCELL HP3 is equipped with a Super QPD autofocus solution, which means that all pixels of the sensor are equipped with autofocus capabilities. In addition, Super QPD uses a single lens across four adjacent pixels to detect the phase differences in both the horizontal and vertical directions. This paves the way for more accurate and faster autofocusing for smartphone camera users.

    The sensor also allows users to record video in 8K at 30 frames per second (fps) or 4K at 120 fps, with minimal loss in field of view when recording 8K video. Combined with the Super QPD solution, users can capture film-like footage with their mobile devices.

    The ISOCELL HP3 also offers strong low-light capabilities with Tetra2pixel technology, which combines four pixels into one to transform the 0.56m 200MP sensor into a 1.12m 50MP sensor or a 12.5 megapixel sensor with 2.24m pixels by combining 16 pixels into one. The technology allows the sensor to simulate a large-format pixel sensor to capture brighter and more vivid shots even in darkened environments like indoors or at night, Samsung said. In order to maximize the dynamic range of the mobile image sensor, the ISOCELL HP3 has an improved Smart ISO Pro function. The technology merges image information obtained from the two conversion gains of low and high ISO modes to create HDR images.

    The updated version of the technology has a triple ISO mode Low, Mid and High, which further expands the dynamic range of the sensor. In addition, the improved Smart-ISO Pro enables the sensor to display images in over 4 trillion colors (14-bit color depth), 64 times more colors than the 68 billion (12-bit) of its predecessors. Additionally, by supporting Staggered HDR along with Smart-ISO Pro, the ISOCELL HP3 can switch between the two solutions depending on the shooting environment to produce high-quality HDR images, Samsung said. mass product.

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