Seoul, South Korea– Image technologies for mobile phones and devices made remarkable progress this week when Samsung Electronics Co. unveiled its new 200 MP ISOCELL HP3 image sensor.
The new image sensor has at least 0.56 micrometers (μm) pixels in the industry, which will allow mobile phone manufacturers to continue to offer much higher resolutions to their mobile phones, while reducing the surface area of the camera module by 20%.
The sensor is the company’s second and smallest 200MP sensor.
“Samsung has continuously led the market trend for image sensors with its technological leadership in the smallest resolution high-pixel sensors,” said JoonSeo Yim, Executive Vice President of Sensor Business Team at Samsung Electronics. . “With our latest upgraded ISOCELL HP3 0.56μm 200MP, Samsung will strive to deliver epic resolutions beyond professional levels for smartphone camera users.”
Since the first rollout of the 108 MP image sensor in 2019, Samsung has advanced the development of next-generation ultra-high-resolution camera technologies that provide enhanced smaller image processing capabilities for mobile phones.
ISOCELL HP3, with a 12% smaller pixel size than its 0.64 μm predecessor, packs 200 million pixels in a 1 / 1.4 ″ optical format, which is the diameter of the area captured through the lens. This means that the ISOCELL HP3 can enable about 20% reduction in camera module space, allowing smartphone makers to keep their advanced devices slim, Samsung said.
ISOCELL HP3 comes with a Super QPD autofocus solution, which means that all sensor pixels are equipped with autofocus capabilities. In addition, the Super QPD uses a single lens of four adjacent pixels to detect phase differences in the horizontal and vertical directions. This paves the way for more accurate and faster autofocus for smartphone camera users.
The sensor also allows users to record 8K video at 30 frames per second (fps) or 4K video at 120fps, with minimal loss of field of view when recording 8K video. Combined with the Super QPD solution, users can take movie-like movies with their mobile devices.
ISOCELL HP3 also offers strong dim light properties with Tetra2pixel technology that combines four pixels in one to transform the 0.56μm 200MP sensor into a 1.12μm 50MP sensor or a 12.5MP sensor with 2.24μm pixels by combining 16 pixels into one. The technology allows the sensor to simulate a large pixel sensor to take brighter, more vivid images even in dark environments, such as indoors or at night, Samsung said.
To maximize the dynamic range of the moving image sensor, the ISOCELL HP3 uses an enhanced Smart-ISO Pro feature. The technology combines image information from both low and high ISO conversion gains to create HDR images. The upgraded version of the technology comes with a triple ISO mode – Low, Medium and High – which further expands the dynamic range of the sensor. In addition, the enhanced Smart-ISO Pro sensor enables the expression of images in over 4 trillion colors (14-bit color depth), which is 64 times more color than its 68 billion (12-bit) predecessor. Additionally, by supporting scaled HDR with Smart-ISO Pro, the ISOCELL HP3 can switch between the two solutions depending on the shooting environment to produce high-quality HDR images, Samsung said.
Mass production is expected to begin this year, Samsung said, meaning the sensor will not be available in mobile phones until 2023.