Samsung Electronics (KRX: 005930)has introduced its latest 200-megapixel (MP) image sensor, the ISOCELL HP2. The ISOCELL HP2 packs 200 million 0.6-micrometer (μm) pixels in a 1/1.3” optical format, a sensor size that is widely used in 108MP main smartphone cameras.
This enables higher resolutions in the latest high-end smartphones without major camera bumps.
The ISOCELL HP2 also features Samsung’s advanced pixel binning technology, Tetra2pixel.
This technology allows the sensor to simulate different pixel sizes to accommodate other lighting conditions.
For example, the sensor can transform into a 1.2μm 50MP or 2.4μm 12.5MP image sensor in low-light situations by combining four to 16 adjacent pixels.
This enables cinema video recording in 8K at 30 frames per second (fps) with a wide field of view.
The ISOCELL HP2 also features Samsung’s new Dual Vertical Transfer Gate (D-VTG) technology, which reduces overexposure and improves color reproduction in bright light.
This technology adds a second transfer gate to the photodiode in each pixel, increasing the full-well capacity of the pixel by more than 33 percent.
Low-light settings are also improved by the ISOCELL HP2’s Super QPD, allowing the sensor to use all its 200 million pixels for focusing means.
This enables faster and more accurate autofocusing, even in low-light environments.
The ISOCELL HP2 is now entering mass production. It is expected to be used in future premium smartphones to improve overall image quality and provide users with an even better mobile photography experience.