Samsung has introduced world’s first 200MP camera sensor

Your next phone may have a 200MP camera. Samsung has introduced the industry’s first 200-megapixel. Along with it, 50 MP sensor was also introduced.

What does this mean? What’s the big deal about this? Will you be able to see these camera sensors in your phone soon?

Samsung has introduced the world’s first 200MP camera sensor, called ISOCELL H1.

What does this bring to the table? Well, to start with, the resolution of the camera is 200 MP. That means you will be able to click images of 200MP. Higher MP count also mean, high amount of detail and sharper images.

Second, this camera sensor has an improved low light performance.

In short, you can shoot much better quality pictures. But what about videos?

This sensor is capable of shooting 8k videos at 30fps with minimum loss of field of view. This is not the first time Samsung’s ISOCELL camera sensors are capable of shooting 8k videos. Samsung’s another camera sensor ISOCELL HM3 is also capable of that, but there is significant improvement in the new sensor.

The new sensor has much higher number of pixels, there is more detail captured overall.

In the new Samsung 200MP sensor, there is also a significant improvement in the picture quality in low-light conditions. Thanks to Samsung’s pixel-binning technology called ChameleonCell Technology, sensors achieve a superior quality of low-light photos.

How does this work?

You see when you have very larger number of pixels like 200MP (i.e 200 million pixels), the image captured is very sharp and clear when obtained in daylight or high brightness environment. But the low light performance can get affected due to a lot of noise being generated.

The noise is generated because the individual pixel size is small. A single pixel of the new sensor is 0.64μm in size. But, such a small pixel cannot take much light and there is a lot of noise in the image.

Now, here the advantage of Samsung pixel binning technology comes. This technology merges the neighboring pixels to form a bigger pixel. This can allow the sensor to merge pixels to form a pixel of 2.56μm which can give an output of 200MP, 50MP and 12.5MP.

With this technology, the pixels capture more light information overall, reduce noise and give a superior image quality in low light situations.

Source – Samsung Press re

Apart from ISOCELL HP1, Samsung introduced another sensor, the ISOCELL GN5. ISOCELL GN5 is a 50MP image sensor with a pixel size of 1.0μm.

What’s special about the 50MP sensor ?

The 50 MP ISOCELL GN5 sensor shines because of its significant improvement in the all-directional autofocusing technology. ISOCELL GN5 is the industry’s first 1.0μm pixel to integrate Dual Pixel pro. This technology places two photodiodes within each pixel. 

Along with this, the sensor also applies Front Deep Trench Isolation (FDTI) on the Dual Pixel product. FDTI allows the pixels to capture and retain more light information and reduce cross-talk within pixels.

ISOCELL GN5 significantly improves the autofocusing performance and optimizes the picture quality.

Camera Sensor200 MP H1 Sensor50MP GN1 Sensor
Pixel Size0.26 μm 1.0 μm
Video Recording8K (7,680 x 4,320) 30fps
An overview of ISOCELL HP1 and ISOCELL GN5