Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. introduced its latest 200-megapixels image sensor, the ISOCELL HP2.
“The Samsung ISOCELL HP2 harnesses Samsung’s high-resolution image sensor technologies and know-how at the cutting edge for epic details,” said JoonSeo Yim, Executive Vice President of Sensor Business Team at Samsung Electronics. “Our leadership comes from innovative pixel technologies that allow our sensors to go beyond the number and size of pixels. We will continue to open new horizons and solidify our presence in the expanding ultra-high-resolution sensor market.”
The 200-megapixels ISOCELL HP2 is built around 0.6μm pixels in a 1/1.3″ optical format, a sensor size that is widely used on a 108-megapixels main smartphone camera. This enabled smaller camera bumps while consumers can enjoy high resolutions in the latest high-end smartphones.
Samsung equipped the HP2 with Tetra2pixel, a more advanced form of pixel-binning technology that provides greater versatility to the camera. This technology has the ability to simulate different pixel sizes and adapt to varying lighting conditions. When in low-light environments, the sensor transforms either into a 1.2 μm 50 MP or 2.4 μm 12.5 MP image sensor by combining four to sixteen neighboring pixels. For full 8K video at approximately 33 MP, the HP2 switches to 1.2 μm 50 MP mode to minimize cropping and capture more of the scene. Filming 8K at 30 frames-per-second (fps), a wide field of view along with bigger pixel size can produce sharp cinematic videos.
Washed-out pictures from brightly lit environments can be significantly reduced with the HP2, thanks to Samsung’s new Dual Vertical Transfer Gate (D-VTG) technology. In each pixel of a photo diode, a voltage transfer gate is placed on the bottom to transport electrons from the pixel to the logic layer. With high precision, D-VTG adds a second transfer gate in the pixel, increasing the pixel’s full-well capacity by more than 33 percent. With more electrons stored and efficient signal transfers, this method can reduce overexposure and enhance color reproduction, especially in bright light conditions
In low-lit settings, the HP2’s auto-focusing is taken to the next level with Super QPD, which allows the sensor to use all its 200 million pixels for focusing agents. The ample amount of focusing agents are grouped by four adjacent pixels to recognize both horizontal and vertical pattern changes that deliver faster and more accurate auto-focusing. Utilizing the rich pattern data along with the sheer number of reference points, the new sensor is capable of fast auto-focusing, even in a dimly lit environment.
Samsung is pushing the boundaries of HDR performance by introducing its exclusive Dual Signal Gain (DSG) technology in 50MP mode for the first time. This feature applies two distinct conversion values to analog signals which are received from the pixel level. In addition, the Smart-ISO Pro, an HDR solution that merges different levels of ISO readouts from a single exposure, allows the camera to take 12.5MP images and 4K at 60fps video in HDR.
The Samsung ISOCELL HP2 is expected to be equipped with Samsung’s newest flagship Galaxy S-series smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.
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