Samsung has finally unveiled the long-rumored 200MP ISOCELL camera sensor. The ISOCELL HP1 is the company’s (and the world’s) first 200MP smartphone camera sensor. It features a dynamic pixel binning technology that adjusts the output resolution depending on the ambient light for optimum results. The company also unveiled the ISOCELL GN5, a slim 50MP camera sensor for smartphones.
The ISOCELL HP1 is a 1/1.22-inch 200MP sensor with a native pixel size of 0.64μm. Based on the lighting situation, its all-new ChameleonCell technology offers full-pixel rendering, 2×2 pixel binning, or 4×4 pixel binning. In 2×2 pixel binning mode, the sensor offers 50MP images with 1.28µm pixels. In 4×4 pixel binning mode, the ISOCELL HP1 offers 12.5MP images with 2.65μm pixel size. The sensor also supports 8K video recording at 30fps, 4K video recording at 120fps, and a fairly wide field of view. The company hasn’t revealed which autofocus technology is used in this sensor.
The ISOCELL GN5 is the company’s latest slim 50MP camera sensor. It is the world’s first 50MP smartphone camera sensor with Dual Pixel Pro autofocus technology for all-directional autofocusing. It is a 1/1.57-inch sensor with a native pixel size of 1μm, but it supports 2×2 pixel binning for 12.5MP images in low-light conditions. It also features Front Deep Trench Isolation (FDTI) technology to absorb as much light as possible inside a pixel and reduces crosstalk for lower noise. It supports 8K 30fps and 4K 120fps video recording as well.
Both new ISOCELL camera sensors from Samsung are currently available for sampling, and we may see smartphones with these camera sensors sometime next year. None of these sensors are as impressive and flexible as the ISOCELL GN2, though, which is Samsung’s biggest sensor yet and features Dual Pixel Pro autofocus.
Duckhyun Chang, Executive VP of the camera sensor business at Samsung Electronics, said, “Samsung has been pioneering ultrafine pixel technologies that are taking high-resolution image sensors to the next level. 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.”