Samsung announces 200-megapixel camera sensor for cell phones

Samsung has announced a 200-MP image sensor for smartphone cameras, the highest resolution cell phone camera sensor ever made. With 0.64 µm pixels, the ISOCELL HP1 can store 16 pixels at a time, which is equivalent to a 12.5-megapixel sensor with 2.56 µm pixels.

Samsung calls the HP1’s pixel mixing technology “ChameleonCell.” The 12.5 MP 4 x 4 setting is suitable for low-light conditions, but it can also capture 200 MP photos or 50 MP photos with 2 x 2 merge technology.

With the 2-in-2 merge mode, the HP1 can also shoot an 8K video. Samsung claims it can shoot 8K without cropping, even though the standard 8K (7680 x 4320) is lower than 50MP.

Samsung has also introduced a new sensor called ISOCELL GN5. This is a 50MP sensor with 1.0-µm pixels, which Samsung says is the first 1.0-µm pixel sensor to use Dual Pixel Pro technology. This makes it look like a smaller version of the 1.4 µm pixel GN2, which was the largest phone camera sensor available when it debuted in the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra this year.

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Samsung has not yet announced when mass production of one of the new sensors will begin, but samples are currently available for handset manufacturers.