Samsung unveils ISOCELL image sensor with industry minimum 0.56 μm pixels – Samsung Global Newsroom

200MP HP3’s 12% smaller pixels can reduce the camera module area by 20%

The Super QPD solution enables more accurate and faster autofocus

Samsung Electronics, a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today introduced the 200MP ISOCELL HP3, the industry-leading image sensor with a minimum of 0.56 micrometer (μm) pixels.

“Samsung has continuously led the market trend for image sensors through its technological leadership in the smallest pixel high-resolution sensors,” said JoonSeo Yim, Executive Vice President of Sensor Business Team at Samsung Electronics. “With our latest and upgraded 0.56μm 200MP ISOCELL HP3, Samsung will push to deliver epic resolutions beyond professional levels for smartphone camera users.”

Epic resolution beyond pro levels

Since the first rollout of the 108 MP image sensor in 2019, Samsung has been a leader in the development of next-generation ultra-high-resolution camera development. Through the constant launch of new image sensors and advances in performance, the company is once again moving forward with 0.56μm 200MP ISOCELL HP3.

ISOCELL HP3, with a 12 percent smaller pixel size than its predecessor 0.64μm, packs 200 million pixels in a 1 / 1.4 ”optical format, which is the diameter of the area captured through the camera lens. This means that the ISOCELL HP3 can enable a reduction of approximately 20 percent of the camera module’s surface area, allowing smartphone manufacturers to keep their premium devices slim.

ISOCELL HP3 comes with a Super QPD autofocus solution, which means that all the sensor pixels are equipped with autofocus functions. In addition, the Super QPD uses a single lens over four adjacent pixels to detect the phase differences in both the horizontal and vertical directions. This paves the way for a more accurate and faster autofocus for smartphone camera users.

The sensor also allows users to take videos in 8K at 30 frames per second. second (fps) or 4K at 120fps, with minimal field of view loss when recording 8K videos. Combined with the Super QPD solution, users can take movie-like movie footage with their mobile devices.

Ultimate experience with dim light through ‘Tetra2pixels’

ISOCELL HP3 also provides an ultimate experience in low light with Tetra2pixel technology that combines four pixels into one to transform the 0.56μm 200MP sensor into a 1.12μm 50MP sensor or a 12.5MP sensor with 2.24μm pixels by combining 16 pixels into one. The technology allows the sensor to simulate a large pixel sensor to take brighter and more vivid images even in subdued environments, such as indoors or at night.

To maximize the dynamic range of the mobile image sensor, ISOCELL HP3 uses an enhanced Smart-ISO Pro feature. The technology combines image information made from the two conversion modes in low and high ISO mode to create HDR images. The upgraded version of the technology comes with a triple ISO mode Low, Medium and High which further expands the dynamic range of the sensor. In addition, the enhanced Smart-ISO Pro sensor enables the expression of images in over 4 trillion colors (14-bit color depth), 64 times more colors than its 68 billion (12-bit) predecessor. By supporting staggered HDR with Smart-ISO Pro, ISOCELL HP3 can also switch between the two solutions depending on the film environment to produce high quality HDR images.

Samples of Samsung ISOCELL HP3 are currently available and mass production is set to begin this year.

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