The tiniest pixels in the market are found in a new 200-megapixel picture sensor from Samsung. The area that is photographed through the camera lens of the 200MP Isocell HP3 is 1/1.4 inches in diameter. It employs 0.56 micron pixels, which are 12% smaller than those used by its predecessor. This allows the surface area of the camera module to be reduced by 20%.
According to Samsung, the sensor’s Super QPD auto-focusing system provides auto-focusing capabilities to each and every pixel. In order to detect phase variations both horizontally and vertically for better autofocus performance, Super QPD employs a single lens across four neighboring pixels.
Additionally, the sensor may merge many pixels into one to enhance low-light photography. A 50-megapixel sensor with a 1.12 micron effective size, for instance, can be created by merging four pixels into one. It is possible to simulate a 12.5 megapixel sensor with 2.24 micron pixels by combining 16 pixels into one.
Meanwhile, an updated Smart-ISO Pro function aids in maximizing dynamic range to produce HDR images. With a 14-bit color depth, the sensor, according to Samsung, can convey pictures in over four trillion colors, more than 64 times the number of colors of its forerunner.
The sensor can record video in either 4K at 120 frames per second or 8K at 30 frames per second.
The first consumer smartphones to ship using Samsung’s new Isocell HP3 might appear as early as 2023 as it is now being sampled to clients and will go into commercial production later this year.