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Samsung unveils 200-megapixel ISOCELL HP1 camera sensor

Samsung has finally unveiled the ISOCELL HP1, the world’s first 200 MP phone camera sensor, which is likely to be one of the main highlights of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra coming next year. Still, before that, it could even pop up in a Xiaomi phone. The sensor has a huge physical size and many interesting features, and a new 50-megapixel sensor called ISOCELL GN5 has arrived.

Let’s start with the big shot, a 200-megapixel module that offers a pixel assembly technology dubbed ChameleonCell by Samsung, which allows you to take photos at 12.5 and 50 megapixels. The new ISOCELL HP1 changes the resolution of images depending on the current lighting conditions to ensure the best possible result. It combines pixels with a 4×4 merging to produce 12.5-megapixel photos with 2.56 micrometers of effective pixels in weaker lighting conditions.

However, if the light conditions are good, 50-megapixel photos are taken with a pixel aggregation of 2×2 with pixels of 1.28 micrometers. Still, it is also possible to use the maximum resolution provided by the sensor, 200 megapixels, in which case 0.64-micrometer pixels are available.

The total physical size of the sensor is 1/1.22 inches, which is not a record, but it is still huge. It is among the largest mobile units.

The new ISOCELL HP1 captures a movie at a resolution of up to 8K at 30 frames per second, all with minimal visual field reduction. Scales the resolution to 8,192 x 6,144, or 50 megapixels, so you can create 7,680 x 4,320 pixels, or 8K resolution videos. In 4K, 120 fps is also supported.

The other new telephone module is the ISOCELL GN5, a 50-megapixel, 1/1.57″ unit with an effective pixel size of 1 micrometer. The sensor significantly improves autofocus performance and accuracy, made possible by a combination of Front Deep Trench Isolation technology and Dual Pixel, which significantly optimizes image quality.

Samsung claims that there are already samples for partners from both new sensors, so the sensors just presented may soon appear in smartphones.

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