It’s been a while since Samsung announced its 200-megapixel sensor, and it’s very likely that the South Korean company’s next premium phone, the Galaxy S23 Ultra, will feature this camera. It’s apparently not the same as the HP1 and HP3 versions that the company has already announced, and there was some speculation that the 200MP sensor would be really big for the S23 Ultra, but that’s apparently not the case .
Smartphone vendors have a size limit that prevents them from adding very large sensors to their phones. Lately we’ve seen companies employ a technique called pixel binning, which combines smaller individual pixels into one large pixel, creating more detailed images.
For example, although the S22 Ultra rocks a 108-megapixel camera, it captures 12-megapixel images by default. Similarly, the new Apple iPhone 14 Pro, equipped with a 48-megapixel main sensor, produces 12-megapixel shots and this is achieved by combining data from 1.22 million photo pages to provide images that comparable to a sensor with 2.44 million pixels.
Such tricks will only get you so far, however, and eventually physics will catch up and camera sensors will have to get bigger to capture more megapixels. While it’s unlikely that the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s monster 200-megapixel sensor will be the same size as the S22 Ultra’s 108-megapixel device, the good news is that the increase will be almost insignificant.
The Galaxy S23 Ultra’s 200-megapixel camera will pack more megapixels while staying largely the same size.
This information comes from the respected leaker Ice Universe, who is 100 percent certain that the S23 Ultra’s 200-megapixel main camera will be 1/1.3-inch, with 0.6m pixels and a larger aperture of f/ 1.7 will have to get in more bright. For reference, the S22 Ultra’s 108-megapixel sensor is 1/1.33-inch with 0.8 million pixels and an f/1.8 aperture.
He adds that it will be just a tad larger than the iPhone 14 Pro’s 48-megapixel main camera, which he says is also 1/1.3-inch. There’s a chance it will be smaller than the sensors on some competing Android phones due out next year. It may refer to phones that can use 1 inch sensors.
As evidenced by its recent attempts to poke fun at Apple, Samsung is more focused on maintaining its lead over the iPhone maker. As Apple and Google have shown, higher resolutions aren’t everything, but they’re generally better for professional users, giving them more ways to work.
The number of megapixels is still used by many buyers as a benchmark for deciding how good a camera is. Ultimately, there are many factors other than megapixels that affect image quality, including sensor size, since a larger sensor can hold more pixels and capture more detail.
The Galaxy S23 Ultra is rumored to retain the S22 Ultra’s 10MP telephoto sensors with 10x and 3x optical zoom. Nothing is known about the ultrawide camera. The company is also expected to use software smarts to help the S23 Ultra deliver significantly better pictures and videos. Expect it to outperform most of the top camera phones of 2022.
The phone is said to have largely the same dimensions as its predecessor but may have a slightly more boxy design. It’s also expected to have a 6.8-inch display and a 5,000mAh battery. It will most likely run on the rumored Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, which will reportedly be more power efficient than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC.
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