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Samsung ISOCELL HP3 200-megapixel image sensor with Super QPD auto-focus unveiled

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Samsung ISOCELL HP3 200-megapixel image sensor with Super QPD auto-focus unveiled: On Thursday, Samsung debuted the 200-megapixel ISOCELL HP3 sensor. The most recent image sensor, which features 0.56-micron pixels (m), replaces the ISOCELL HP1 sensor from the previous year.

In a 1/1.4 optical format, it has 200 million pixels. It is said to be able to record 8K footage at 30 frames per second (fps) with a small field of vision degradation.

The South Korean company said that later this year would see the start of mass manufacturing for its new ISOCELL HP3 sensor. In 2019, it launched the world’s first 108-megapixel smartphone camera sensor.

Through its newsroom, the business announced the release of the new ISOCELL HP3 sensor. It is the first mobile sensor with 0.56-micron pixels, the smallest in the industry.

According to reports, the ISOCELL HP3’s 0.64-micron pixels are 12 per cent smaller than its predecessor. With around a 20% decrease in camera module surface area, it fits 200 million pixels into a 1/1.4 optical size. This would enable smartphone manufacturers to maintain a thin design.

All the pixels on the ISOCELL HP3 sensor have auto-focusing capability thanks to the Super QPD technology. Samsung claims that to detect the phase variations in horizontal and vertical orientations, the Super QPD employs a single lens spanning four neighbouring pixels.

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Users benefit from enhanced auto focusing as a result. As previously indicated, the sensor enables users to capture films in 8K at 30fps with a narrow field of vision degradation or 4K at 120fps.

For enhanced low-light photography, Samsung has integrated Tetra2pixel technology onto the ISOCELL HP3 sensor, enabling it to function as a 1.12-micron or 2.24-micron pixel size 50-megapixel sensor or 12.5-megapixel sensor.

Additionally, the ISOCELL HP3 sensor has a Smart-ISO Pro function that contributes to creating more colourful HDR images. To increase the dynamic range of the sensor, it has three ISO settings: low, mid, and high.

Over 4 trillion colours may be used to express pictures with this technique (14-bit colour depth). The sensor also can switch between Smart-ISO Pro and Staggered HDR.

Additionally, Samsung said that the ISOCELL HP3 sensor samples are presently on hand and that the mass manufacturing of the new sensor would start later this year.

In 2023, the predicted Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra will likely have the new 200-megapixel sensor from the firm. Motorola and Xiaomi are two more businesses planning to release new smartphones with a 200-megapixel camera sensor.

While Xiaomi is rumoured to introduce its first 200-megapixel camera phone in the second half of 2022. The next Motorola Frontier is anticipated to use a 200-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL HP1 sensor.