Samsung Electronics today unveiled the 200MP ISOCELL HP3, the world’s smallest 0.56-micrometer (m)-pixel image sensor. To put it another way, the ISOCELL HP3 packs 200 million pixels into a 1/1.4″ optical format that is the diameter of the area captured through the camera lens. Smartphone makers can keep their premium devices slim with the ISOCELL HP3’s 20 percent reduction in camera module surface area.
ISOCELL HP3 has a Super QPD auto-focusing solution, allowing the sensor to focus on all of its individual pixels. In addition, Super QPD detects phase differences in both horizontal and vertical directions using a single lens over four adjacent pixels. As a result, smartphone camera users can look forward to more precise and faster auto focusing.
It’s possible to shoot in 8K at 30 frames per second or 4K at 120 frames per second with this sensor, and the field of view isn’t compromised in either case. With the help of the Super QPD solution, mobile users can capture cinematic-quality footage.
Samsung ISOCELL HP3 with Tetra Pixel Technology:
With Tetra pixel technology, which combines four pixels into one to transform the 0.56 mm 200 MP sensor into a 1.12 mm 50 MP sensor or a 12.5 mm sensor with 2.24 mm-pixels by combining 16 pixels into one, the ISOCELL HP3 also offers the best low-light performance. Because of the technology, the sensor can simulate a large-sized pixel sensor to capture images that are brighter and more vivid even in low-light conditions, like indoors or at night.
The ISOCELL HP3 adopts an improved Smart-ISO Pro feature to increase the dynamic range of the mobile image sensor. To create HDR images, the technology combines image data from the two conversion gains of Low and High ISO mode. The improved technology has three ISO settings, Low, Mid, and High, which further expands the dynamic range of the sensor.
Additionally, the enhanced Smart-ISO Pro enables the sensor to express images in over 4 trillion colors (14-bit color depth), which is 64 times more colors than the 68 billion of the predecessors (12-bit). Additionally, the ISOCELL HP3 can produce HDR images of the highest quality by supporting both staggered HDR and Smart-ISO Pro and switching between them based on the shooting environment.
When to expect ISOCELL HP3 GN5 sensor in Smartphones?
Samsung ISOCELL HP3 GN5 sensors are already being delivered by Samsung to OEMs, and mass production is expected to start this year.
Commenting on the announcement, JoonSeo Yim, Executive Vice President of Sensor Business Team at Samsung Electronics said,
“Samsung has continuously led the image sensor market trend through its technology leadership in high resolution sensors with the smallest pixels. With our latest and upgraded 0.56μm 200MP ISOCELL HP3, Samsung will push on to deliver epic resolutions beyond professional levels for smartphone camera users.”