Samsung announces 200-megapixel phone camera sensors

Important Highlights-

  • Samsung has announced to bring forth its 200-megapixel image sensors ISOCELL HP1 and ISOCELL GN5.
  • Samsung’s ISOCELL technology was first announced in 2013.

Samsung has recently announced to launch 200-megapixel image sensors ISOCELL HP1 and ISOCELL GN5, meant for smartphone cameras. It is the highest camera resolution ever existed.

The sensor ISOCELL HP1 comes with a 0.64μm pixels resolution and can store 16 of them at once for the equivalent of a 12.5-megapixel sensor with 2.56μm pixels.

According to Samsung, the pixel-binning technology of HP1 is named “ChameleonCell.” It features the four-by-four 12.5-megapixel setting which is meant for low light usage, while it has the ability to snap full 200-megapixel resolution photos or incorporate a two-by-two binning technique for 50-megapixel images.

HP1’s two-by-two binning mode also enables it to snap 8K video shots. Samsung has claimed that it can shoot 8K video without cropping it, while the usual 8K (7,680 x 4,320) is less than 50 megapixels.

Furthermore, Samsung’s other phone camera sensor is ISOCELL GN5, a 50-megapixel sensor with 1.0μm pixels. According to the manufacturers, ISOCELL GN5 is the first-ever 1.0μm-pixel sensor integrating its Dual Pixel Pro technology. It, therefore, appears to be a smaller version of the 1.4μm-pixel GN2 camera sensor; the biggest sensor debuted on Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Ultra this year.

The manufacturers have not yet revealed the timing scheduled for the bulk production of these camera sensors, however, some sample sensors are already available of counting for the phone manufacturers to use them on the eligible smartphones.

Initially, the first-ever ISOCELL technology came into existence by none other than Samsung in the year 2013 with the ability to reduce color crosstalk between pixels by placing a physical obstruction, which allows the small pixels to get the higher color fidelity. Samsung released its first 1.0μm-pixel image sensor in 2015 and a 0.9-pixel sensor in 2017, which were both based on ISOCELL technology.


Leave a Reply