Samsung 200MP ISOCELL HP3: Samsung has launched a new 200MP sensor called ISOCELL HP3. It carries the “industry’s smallest pixel” at just 0.56 μm. The ISOCELL HP3, with a 12 percent smaller pixel size than the predecessor’s 0.64μm, has 200 million pixels in a 1/1.4” optical format, which is the diameter of the area that is captured through the camera lens.
According to Samsung, this new format used on the ISOCELL HP3 will reduce camera module surface area by up to 20%. Which in turn would allow smartphone manufacturers to keep their premium/flagship devices thin.
Additionally, the latest Samsung 200MP ISOCELL HP3 comes with a Super QPD auto-focusing solution, meaning that all of the sensor’s pixels are furnished with auto-focusing capabilities. The sensor also allows users to take videos in 8K at 30 frames-per-second (fps) or 4K at 120fps, with minimal loss in the field of view when taking 8K videos.
Samsung also boasted about the improved night or low-light experience, by introducing new tech, “Tetra Pixel Technology”. The Tetra technology integrates four pixels into one to transform the 0.56μm 200MP sensor into a 1.12μm 50MP sensor, or a 12.5MP sensor with 2.24μm-pixels by combining 16 pixels into one.
The ISOCELL HP3 adopts an improved Smart-ISO Pro feature that enables the sensor to express images in over 4 trillion colours (14-bit colour depth), 64 times more colours than the predecessor’s 68 billion (12-bit). Smartphones with this new 200MP sensor are expected to come out in the nearest future but for now, mass production is set to begin this year.