Samsung unveils new 200MP ISOCELL HP3 sensor that has the smallest pixel size

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Samsung was the first to announce a 200MP smartphone camera sensor, and it's quick to give it an upgrade. Today, the Korean tech giant announces the new ISOCELL HP3 as its revamped 200MP sensor with "industry's smallest pixel" at just 0.56 μm.

The new sensor's pixel size is 12% smaller than the predecessor. Samsung managed to decrease it from 0.64 μm, making the new sensor 1/1.4" type, which is about 20% smaller than the last generation. The 4-to-1 binning adds up to 1.12μm pixels for 50MP images. For ultra-dark, the ISOCELL HP3 also supports 16-to-1 binning for huge 2.24μm pixels and 12.5 MP images.

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Besides the sizes, Samsung has presented its Super-QPD auto-focusing solution. It's said that all pixels are equipped with AF capabilities, and every cluster of four has a single lens that recognizes phase differences in horizontal and vertical directions. The sensor is also capable of shooting 8K videos in 30fps and 4K in 120fps with "minimal loss in the field of view".

The improved Smart-ISO Pro feature now merges information from three stages - low, mid, and high ISO mode to boost HDR performance. ISOCELL HP3 can output images in 4 trillion colors (14-bit depth), 64 times more than the HP1, which was at 68 billion. Samsung is ready to provide the samples to smartphone manufacturers, and the mass production is expected to begin this year.

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