Samsung unveils flagship 200MP ISOCELL HP1, 50MP ISOCELL GN5 sensors
Samsung introduced the flagship image sensor, which will most likely be the highlight of the upcoming Galaxy S22 Ultra – ISOCELL HP1.
It has a resolution of 200MP and can achieve different outputs of 12.5MP and 50MP through a pixel binding method that Samsung calls ChamaleonCell.
HP1 emits different resolutions based on the available light. In low light, it will combine pixels in a 4-by-4 binning method to achieve 12.5MP images with a large 2.56μm pixel height.
But in good light, the sensor can output in 2-by-2 for 50MP with 1.28μm individual pixels or even built-in at 200MP with 0.64μm pixels, giving you more resolution as needed.
Samsung does not say how big the ISOCELL HP1 sensor is, but it is apparently smaller than the ISOCELL GN2. At their built-in resolution of 12.5 MP, GN2 achieves 2.8µm pixels, while HP1 tops out at 2.56μm.
Finally, ISOCELL HP1 is capable of 8K @ 30fps video recording with minimal visual field reduction. It scales down the resolution to 8,192×6,144px (50MP) to capture 7,680×4,320px (8K) video.
On to the ISOCELL GN5 – it’s a 50MP 1.0μm sensor that brings improvements in autofocus performance and accuracy. It premieres Front Deep Trench Isolation technology on a Dual Pixel design for the first time.
The GN5 integrates Dual Pixel Pro, an all-directional autofocus technology. It places two photodiodes within each 1.0 μm pixel. Autofocus pixel combines vertical and horizontal tracking to the full width of the sensor for precise and instantaneous focusing.
Samsung says samples of both ISOCELL HP1 and GN5 sensors are available, so we expect to see them on devices very soon.