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Samsung Reveals 200 MP Sensor to Make Smartphones Slimmer

This sensor will allow mobiles to become king of high resolution cameras

The ISOCELL HP3, a new 200-megapixel camera sensor from Samsung Electronics, has been announced and will help manufacturers keep their premium smartphones thin.

The sensor contains technology like autofocus capability in every pixel, binning for greater low light capability, and multi-grain ISO for maximum dynamic range even though it has some of the smallest pixels yet.

The HP3 sensor has a size of 1/1.4 inches, which is a good amount of space for a smartphone but a little amount for a 200-megapixel sensor.

Samsung asserts that its 0.56-micron pixels, which are 20% smaller than the 0.64-micron pixels of the ISOCELL HP1 introduced last year, are the smallest in the industry.

That is not entirely true, though, as Chinese company Omnivision debuted a 200-megapixel sensor with the same 0.56-micron pixel size back in February.

Samsung’s sensor still has some cool technological features. Each pixel has the ability to detect focusing, and the “Super QPD” technology employs a single lens rather than four pixels to enable faster and more precise autofocus.

For enhanced low-light performance, it can also combine 16 pixels into one larger 2.24-micron sensor, or it can combine four 0.56 micron pixels into a larger 1.12 micron 50-megapixel sensor.

While still much smaller than the majority of camera sensor pixels (3.76 microns for Sony’s 61-megapixel full-frame A7R IV sensor), this could nevertheless enable respectable low-light shooting capabilities.

In addition to high-resolution images, it supports 8K video at 30 frames per second and 4K at 120 frames per second while employing almost the entire sensor width.

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