Samsung has unveiled Samsung ISOCELL HP3 200MP sensor. This one is the second 200MP sensor by the South Korean tech giant. The first one is the ISOCELL HP1 which was introduced ten months ago and targeted for powering the next flagship devices. While the new HP3 sensor is meant for upper midrange and midrange phones. In this article, let’s know about the Samsung ISOCELL HP3 200MP sensor.
Samsung ISOCELL HP3 200MP Sensor Overview
The new HP3 sensor is a toned-down version of the HP1. The sensor is a smaller size model with a 1/1.4-inch size alongside a 200MP resolution. Also, it has a 0.56μm pixel size. Regarding the 12% smaller pixel size, Samsung has said that the size would be more convenient to fit on more devices. Plus the module takes 20% less area than the HP1 sensor. Further, the HP3 can capture 14-bit pictures with up to 4 trillion colors. To note, the bigger ISOCELL HP1 sensor has a 1/1.22-inch sensor and 0.64μm pixel size.
Super QPD Autofocus
Despite being a lower model, the sensor boasts the Super QPD Autofocus mechanism. So there is autofocusing on all the pixels of the sensor. It assists in more accurate and quicker autofocus as per the company. The Super QPD can detect the phase differences in both horizontal and vertical directions by using a single lens over four-adjacent pixels.
For videos, Samsung ISCOELL HP3 can capture 8K videos at 30fps with minimal loss on FOV during 8K recording. On 4K resolution, it can shoot up to 120fps. The company believes in cinematic-like footage capability from this sensor. Joon Seo Yim, Executive Vice President of the Sensor Business Team at Samsung Electronics said, “With our latest and upgraded 0.56μm 200MP ISOCELL HP3, Samsung will push on to deliver epic resolutions beyond professional levels for smartphone camera users.”
Smart ISO Pro For Better HDR
Samsung is also providing a Smart ISO Pro on this sensor for better HDR performance. Dynamic range is a very important term for photography. It is the contrast ratio between the darkest and brightest color tones that a camera can capture in a single exposure. So for improved HDR, the ISOCELL HP3 is using a triple ISO mode; Low, Mid, and High. This helps to expand the sensor’s dynamic range.
Ultimate Low Light Experience Through ‘Tetra2pixel’
Low light images have become criteria for smartphone buyers these days. So, the HP3 sensor comes with Tetra2pixel that does the pixel binning. It captures capture 50MP images (2×2 binning) with 1.12μm pixels or 12.5MP images (4×4 binning) with 2.24μm pixel size. This enables the sensor to produce a large-sized pixel sensor to take brighter and more vibrant shots even in low-light environments, both indoors and outdoors.
The company says that the sensor is still under testing and mass production will commence later this year.