Samsung Electronics unveils new HP3 200-megapixel camera sensor

Samsung Electronics has unveiled the ISOCELL HP3, its latest 200-megapixel camera sensor that will assist manufacturers in keeping their premium smartphones slim. The HP3 sensor is 1/1.4-inches in size, fairly large for a smartphone but extremely tiny for a 200-megapixel sensor. Despite featuring some of the smallest pixels yet, the sensor includes technology like autofocus capability in every pixel, binning for better low light capability and multi-gain ISO for maximum dynamic range. That's still considerably smaller than most camera sensor pixels (Sony's 61-megapixel full-frame A7R IV sensor has 3.76 micron pixels), but should allow for decent low-light shooting capability. However, that's not quite accurate, as Chinese manufacturer Omnivision unveiled a 200-megapixel sensor with the same 0.56 micron pixel size back in February. It can also bin four 0.56 micron pixels into a larger 1.12 micron 50-megapixel sensor for better low light capability, or even combine 16 pixels into one 2.24 microns in size. Mass production is set to begin this year, and you'll probably see 200-megapixel phones using the sensor in 2023. Samsung claims that it has the industry's tiniest pixels at 0.56 microns, 20 percent smaller than the 0.64 micron pixels of the ISOCELL HP1 launched last year. (Engadget). Continue reading.

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