Samsung has officially announced its 200-megapixel ISOCELL HP1 sensor. Alongside the Samsung 200MP ISOCELL HP1 sensor, the company has also unveiled its 50MP ISOCELL GN5 sensor. Now, both the sensors are expected to be seen in devices that will launch in the coming days. Usually, when a new sensor enters the market, a smartphone launch featuring that very sensor is right around the corner. Let’s take a look at more details on the new Samsung 200MP, 50MP smartphone camera sensors launched today.
Samsung ISOCELL HP1 200MP sensor
Samsung ISOCELL HP1 is the first 200MP smartphone camera sensor with 0.64μm pixels. Samsung states that the new ISOCELL HP1 sensor can capture “an astonishing amount of detail that helps the image stay sharp even when cropped or resized.” It features Samsung’s ChameleonCell technology, a pixel-binning technology that uses a two-by-two, four-by-four, or full pixel layout depending on the environment.
The sensor produces 12.5MP images in lowlight conditions with large 2.56μm pixels by merging 16 neighbouring pixels. The company states that the newly formed 2.56μm pixel is capable of more light absorption and sensitivity, producing brighter and clearer photos in indoors or in the evening.
Samsung’s new 200MP HP1 sensor can record 8K videos at 30fps. It merges four neighbouring pixels to bring the resolution down to 50MP or 8,192 x 6,144 to take 8K (7,680 x 4,320) videos without the need to crop or scale down the full image resolution.
Samsung ISOCELL GN5 sensor
The new 50MP ISOCELL GN5 sensor comes with Dual Pixel Pro technology, which is an all-directional autofocusing technology that can substantially boost autofocusing capabilities. This technology places two photodiodes within each 1.0μm pixel of the sensor, either horizontally or vertically, to recognize pattern changes in all directions.
With one million phase-detecting multi-directional photodiodes covering all areas of the sensor, the ISOCELL GN5’s autofocusing becomes instantaneous, enabling sharper images in either bright or low-lit environments. The image sensor also uses Samsung’s proprietary pixel technology, which applies Front Deep Trench Isolation (FDTI) on a Dual Pixel product.
Despite the microscopic photodiode size, FDTI enables each photodiode to absorb and hold more light information. Thus improving the photodiodes full-well capacity (FWC) and decreasing crosstalk within the pixel.