The newest 200MP sensor from Samsung may help reduce bothersome camera bumps


A 1/1.4-inch sensor of the ISOCELL HP3 contains 200 million pixels.

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In addition to creating phones, Samsung, a titan in the mobile industry, also manufactures the hardware parts that go into phones, such as the camera sensors. We should start seeing the 200MP ISOCELL HP1 image sensor in phones very soon after the company unveiled it last year. However, the South Korean manufacturer has previously announced its newest 200MP picture sensor, the ISOCELL HP3, prior of that time.

The HP3’s pixel size is just 0.56 m, which is 13% smaller than that of the HP1 because “shrinking things down” is the name of the game here. This results in a reduction in size overall, and this 1/1.4-inch sensor is 20% smaller than its predecessor, so businesses designing phones around it should be able to reduce the size of their camera packages. The ISOCELL HP3 can record 50MP photos (1.12 m pixels) using 4-to-1 binning, and 12.5MP images (effectively 2.24 m pixels) using 16-to-1 binning. It also has improved HDR capability and enables faster auto-focus. Overall, this ought to result in a notable improvement in low-light performance.


You need only be concerned that this promises a quicker and sharper focus because the new image sensor contains Samsung’s Super QPD auto-focus system, which uses a single lens over four neighbouring pixels to identify phase variations in vertical and horizontal angles.

Both 8K and 4K videos may be recorded at 30 and 120 frames per second with the ISOCELL HP3. Samsung claims that its picture sensor may produce movie-like cinematic quality when used in conjunction with the new Super QPD technology.

The maker highlights the addition of Smart-ISO Pro, which combines information from low, mid, and high ISO modes for enhanced HDR pictures and supports more than 4 trillion colours (14-bit depth), which is 64 times better than the ISOCELL HP1.


Although this feature set appears promising, we do not believe that the ISOCELL HP3 sensor will be used on a commercially available smartphone any time soon. This is because we have yet to get our first phone equipped with the HP1 image sensor. Therefore, it’s possible that we won’t get to see what the ISOCELL HP3 is capable of in a top Galaxy smartphone until at least 2023 or later.

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