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Samsung announces 200MP sensor


Submitted Samsung ISOCELL HP1, the first 200MP image sensor with 0.64µm pixels, and ISOCELL GN5, the first image sensor to adopt Dual Pixel Pro pan-focus technology with two LEDs in a single 1.0µm pixel.

Samsung has long been a pioneer in ultra-high-resolution pixel technologies that take high-resolution image sensors to the next level.

With ISOCELL HP1 that breaks down barriers and ISOCELL GN5 that brings ultra-fast autofocus, Samsung continues to lead the trend toward the next generation of mobile imaging technologies.

The ISOCELL HP1 is the first portable image sensor to support 200 megapixels. Based on the company’s most advanced 0.64µm pixels, ISOCELL HP1 delivers such superior resolution in a small package that fits comfortably in mobile devices.

And with ISOCELL HP1, images contain a great deal of detail that helps the image stay sharp even when cropped or resized.

For all-low-light photography, the ISOCELL HP1 features all-new ChameleonCell technology. It is a pixel binning technique that uses a two-by-two, four-by-four or entire pixel layout depending on the environment.

In a low-light environment, the ISOCELL HP1 converts to a 12.5-megapixel image sensor with 2.56 µm pixels by merging 16 adjacent pixels.

The newly formed 2.56μm pixel is capable of more light absorption and sensitivity. Resulting in brighter, clearer images indoors or in the evening.

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Samsung announces 200MP sensor

In bright outdoor environments, the pixels can capture ultra-high-resolution photographs via mobile devices.

The ISOCELL HP1 sensor can capture 8K videos at 30 frames per second with minimal loss of field of view.

ISOCELL HP1 integrates four adjacent pixels to reduce resolution to 50 megapixels or 8192 x 6144 pixels to capture 8K (7680 x 4320 pixels) videos. This is without the need to crop or reduce the resolution of the entire image.

The ISOCELL GN5 is the first 1.0μm image sensor to integrate Dual Pixel Pro. It is an omnidirectional autofocus technology, which can greatly enhance the autofocus capabilities.

This technology places two photodiodes within each 1.0 µm pixel of the sensor either horizontally or vertically. So as to get acquainted with the pattern changes in all directions.

And with one million multi-directional phase-detection photodiodes covering all areas of the sensor. ISOCELL GN5’s autofocus becomes instant, enabling sharper images in bright or low-light environments.

The image sensor also uses Samsung’s proprietary pixel technology, which applies FDTI isolation technology across a Dual Pixel product for the first time.

Despite the photodiode’s microscopic size, FDTI technology allows each photodiode to absorb and retain more light information. This improves the full capacitance of the LEDs and reduces cross-interference within the pixels.

The company did not say when any of the new sensors would start mass production. But samples are currently available to phone manufacturers.

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