Samsung has unveiled a 200 megapixel camera of the second generation
Samsung hasn't even put its 200 megapixel first-generation camera in a phone yet. It is ISOCELL HP3, and it is very different from ISOCELL HP1, its predecessor.
The first-generation 200MP camera is smaller than the ISOCELL HP3. Each of the 200 million pixels is now 0.56 micrometers (m) instead of the previous 0.64 m. It would have the tiniest pixels ever used in a phone. The optical size of each pixel is 1/1.4 inch, which is 14% smaller than the original.
The original lens could capture images with a resolution of 16,384 x 12,288 and 200 million pixels. It's unclear how that functions with the new camera, but it might use 2x2 or 4x4 pixel binning. It combines pixels and performs well in low-light conditions because more light is absorbed.
Samsung does claim that the ISOCELL HP3 can record videos in 8K resolution and at a frame rate of 30. 4K videos can even reach 120 frames per second. It utilizes Super QPD autofocus, which provides a more precise and rapid autofocus. Additionally, the color depth would be improved (14-bit color depth for more than four trillion colors). The camera will enter production this year, but the exact release date and phone models are unknown. They are also not very useful in many mobile phones, as the pixels are already reduced in size. Motorola introduced the same camera model in May.
There have been rumors that the new Galaxy S23 series will include this camera next year. The camera will most likely be exclusive to the Ultra, the most expensive device. In the coming months, we may hear more about this camera, particularly its applications.
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