Samsung has unveiled a 200-megapixel image sensor designed for smartphone cameras, which is by far the highest resolution phone camera sensor ever created. The ISOCELL HP1 has 0.64m pixels and can bin 16 of them at the same time, equating to a 12.5-megapixel sensor with 2.56m pixels.
Samsung refers to the pixel-binning technology in the HP1 as “ChameleonCell.” The four-by-four 12.5-megapixel setting is intended for low-light use, but it can also capture full 200-megapixel resolution photos or 50-megapixel images using a two-by-two binning technique.
The HP1 can also capture 8K video thanks to the two-by-two binning mode. Samsung claims it can shoot 8K without cropping, despite the fact that standard 8K (7,680 x 4,320) is less than 50 megapixels.
In addition, Samsung is introducing a new sensor called the ISOCELL GN5. It has a 50-megapixel sensor with 1.0m pixels, and Samsung claims it is the first sensor with 1.0m pixels to incorporate its Dual Pixel Pro technology. That makes it sound like a scaled-down version of the 1.4m-pixel GN2, which was the largest phone camera sensor available when it debuted on Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Ultra earlier this year.
Although Samsung has not stated when either new sensor will be mass produced, samples are currently available for phone manufacturers.