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Samsung announces world’s first 200-megapixel sensor for mobile devices

By Tekato Longkumer Updated: Sep 02, 2021 8:07 pm
Samsung's ISOCELL HP1 sensor
Photo: Samsung.

Dimapur, September 2 (EMN): Samsung has today unveiled what it claims to be the first 200-megapixel camera sensor for mobile devices. The Korean tech giant said that the ISOCELL HP1 was the “industry’s first 200-megapixel (MP) image sensor with 0.64μm pixels.”

On its official website, Samsung announced the ISOCELL HP1 and ISOCELL GN5, two new camera sensors that are coming to future mobile devices.

“Samsung has been pioneering ultrafine pixel technologies that are taking high-resolution image sensors to the next level,” wrote Duckhyun Chang, executive vice president of sensor business at Samsung Electronics. “With the ISOCELL HP1 that is breaking barriers and ISOCELL GN5 bringing ultrafast autofocus, Samsung will continue to lead the trend for next-generation mobile imaging technologies.”

The most impressive feature about Samsung’s new ISOCELL HP1 camera sensor is its ChameleonCell technology — “a pixel-binning technology that uses a two-by-two, four-by-four or full pixel layout depending on the environment.”

ISOCELL-HP1_GN5 infographic
Photo: Samsung.

Samsung claims that its ChameleonCell technology allows its ISOCELL HP1 to transform into a 12.5MP image sensor with large 2.56μm pixels which, in theory, will provide brighter and clearer images in low-light conditions.

The ISOCELL HP1 is also capable of shooting 8K videos at 30 frames-per-second (fps) in clear light conditions. Samsung says that ISOCELL HP1 transforms into a 50MP image sensor during clear light conditions by merging four neighbouring pixels to be able to shoot 8K videos “without the need to crop or scale down the full image resolution.”

By Tekato Longkumer Updated: Sep 02, 2021 8:07:48 pm