Samsung is on its way to catapult smartphone photography to an extreme new level with a 400 MP camera on its future smartphones. Reportedly, the South Korean tech giant is developing two advanced camera sensors that will feature unprecedented resolutions.
Major phone vendors have made remarkable strides in elevating the boundary of smartphone optics achieving incredible results. However, a 400 MP camera could deliver an industry-disrupting dimension to the camera department in the smartphone industry.
Samsung Revolutionizing Smartphone Photography with a 400 MP Camera
The incredibly high-res camera sensors in concern are ISOCELL HW2 and HW1 coming with the spectacular 440 megapixels and 432 megapixels respectively. Although they are in early development, they could be featured in premium Samsung devices in the next few years. There are rumors that Samsung might fit its 400 MP camera in the next few years in its “Ultra” model.
ISOCELL HW1 and HW2 sensors
According to the rumors, the ISOCELL HW1 and HW2 will be large-size sensors stretching 1/1.05 inch and 1/1.07 inch respectively. That’s larger than the sensors used in any smartphone camera at present. Large sensors mean they can use more light which translates to better low-light images and better photography in general.
The pixel sizes of these sensors are said to be 0.5 microns and 0.56 microns respectively. The sensors will also combine pixel-binning technology. If you didn’t know, pixel binning is a technology that combines nearby pixels to create a larger “superpixel” pixel. In layman’s terms, larger pixels result in better photography. Most flagship phones such as Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, Google Pixel 7, and Xiaomi 13 Ultra, etc. use innovative technology to produce better images. With its large size pixels, Samsung aims to drastically enhance low-light snaps, an area where many smartphone OEMS continue to struggle.
The rumors of 400 MP camera development are in line with Samsung’s plan to develop camera sensors equal to the human eye by 2025. In April 2020, the smartphone giant said that its goal was to develop camera sensors whose resolution would be equal to or above 500 MP comparable to the resolution of the human eye. With recent jumps in technology and the cut-throat competition in the very area, the goal seems to be closer than farther for Samsung. The human eye has a resolution of 576 megapixels.
Galaxy S25 to feature the 400 MP camera?
Samsung has not shared much about debuting its 400 MP camera on a future smartphone. However, the company has already spent a few years on research & design for the future smartphone camera and its nearing launch. Typically, the company packs its all the mojos in its “S” series smartphones. So, we can fancy Samsung bringing its 400 MP camera in the Galaxy S25 or Galaxy S26 series.
Higher megapixels don’t necessarily equate to better photography. It’s rather a combination of all the hardware and software. Anyway, technology continues to evolve and specs are likely to shock and awe us forever as innovation continues.
Do you think the smartphone makers’ megapixel war is a gimmick or welcome more MPs in your smartphone camera? Do share in the comments below.
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