Samsung, the South Korean electronics giant, has announced a 200-megapixel (MP) sensor for its smartphones. Named as the ISOCELL HP1, has the highest resolution that a smartphone camera sensor can offer in the present market. The company also has the ISOCELL HMX sensor, provides a 108MP resolution and is used by companies such as Xiaomi and Realme.
The new camera sensor ISOCELL HP1 is an upgrade. It supports the pixel binning technology, which combines multiple pixels on a sensor to improve the overall pixel size. The Higher pixel size means the amount of light on each pixel is higher, which will enhance a camera’s overall low-light image capabilities.
The smartphone sensors have to be smaller than those on DSLR cameras and so it makes such sensors more important to enhance the quality of the low-light photography.
Samsung said that on ISOCELL HP1, the camera combines 16 sensors at a time to generate a perfect 12.5 MP image. The company named the technology as ChameleonCell.
Each pixel on the sensor is 0.64μm pixels, which means 16 pixels put together makes for 2.56μm pixel size on the final 12.5MP image while the largest pixel sizes on smartphone cameras right now is 1-1.5μm mark.
This sensor can also take 8K videos at 30 frames-per-second (fps) with minimum loss in the field of view.
The sensor will allow one 200MP image to be clicked but one of the drawbacks is that these images will usually take a toll on the phone’s storage.