Samsung has introduced a new 200MP picture sensor that would be included in flagship smartphones just before its Galaxy Unpacked presentation. Although Samsung doesn’t specify which phones will include the 200MP sensor, rumors have suggested it could debut in the next Galaxy S23 Ultra.
The new Samsung ISOCELL HP2 boosts capacity for maximum pixel performance, allowing for detailed and seamless photos in any light condition
In terms of specifications, the Samsung ISOCELL HP2 has 200 million 0.6-micrometer pixels spread over a 1/1.3-inch optical format. Although powerful, the sensor is quite small, eliminating the need for bulky camera bumps of yesteryear. The sensor can record 8K video at 30 frames per second, which is a little improvement over last year’s Galaxy S22 Ultra, which could only record 8K video at 24 frames per second thanks to pixel binning, resulting in stunning 50MP and 12.5MP photos.
It will be fascinating to see how much progress has been made in resolution since last year; although 8K sounds fantastic, the quality is often insufficient when it comes to actual world application. The 200MP sensor can record 4K at 60fps with HDR when set to its highest quality. Samsung also highlights the sensor’s Dual Vertical Transfer Gate (D-VTG) technology, which it claims helps to restore vibrant colors even under strong light.
In addition to performing well in bright settings, Samsung has optimized the sensor for use in low-light conditions, where most smartphones falter. The sensor’s Super QPD technology allows it to autofocus in low light, and it also improves picture quality. In June 2022, the business elaborated on their Super QPD technology, saying that all of the sensor’s pixels had autofocusing capabilities. Super QPD also employs a single lens spanning four neighboring pixels to identify phase changes in both the horizontal and vertical planes. To put it another way, this opens the door for faster and more precise autofocusing in smartphone cameras.