Samsung details the cutting edge features of its 200MP ISOCELL HP1 sensor

21 September 2021
The 4x4 pixel binning mode gives this sensor an effective pixel size of 2.56 µm. 2x2 binning can be used for 8K video capture with minimal FoV loss.

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  • Anonymous

SuuperBaka, 21 Sep 2021"Samsung will kill Sony in the sensor market ... and c... moreIs that why the pixel phones are opted forcing Samsung Gn1?? Instead of their previous Sony??

but when will consumers be able to buy?

Shadocx, 21 Sep 2021Most companies seems to be cropping into the binned low res... moreWell I haven't seen Xiaomi but for croping both approaches can work
In case of Realme 8 Pro the phone captures 8 consecutive 12MP images stacks them and crops
In case of Huawei Nova 7i it captures multiple 48MP images and than crops
I'm not sure but I think stacking max res should give better result in day time and binned should give better in low light though it isn't confirmed cause most phones just crop and upscale at night

I believe 3x3 binning would bring the best of both worlds - 20+mp resolution, which balances the amount of resolved detail outside of mobile phone (on a computer screen or a TV) with relatively large total pixel area. My S7 had 12mp images, and they're awesome. My new A52 has less punchy colors but 64->16mp sensor resolves noticeably more detail. When I compared S7 with S21, I could barely find any difference - when zoomed in, pictures were almost identical (S21 was better, but only very slightly so, A52 had more noticeable clarity... I wish I could control sharpness, though).

Wezz, 21 Sep 2021Samsung will kill Sony in the sensor market ... and cameras tooLol, Sony is still the leader in the sensor market. Samsung still has a long way to catch Sony.

  • Anonymous

TheLastOracle, 21 Sep 2021Would love to see this with a very bright lens (f1.5?), and... moreYou can have this, if all elements are glass and with many different shapes to deal with optical issues.

But no phone maker is gonna do it, because of costs.

  • Anonymous

Aierlan, 21 Sep 2021At least the sensor size at 1/1.22" is bigger than the... moreNobody knows.

Unless you check raw files, you cant tell if for example which is better between GN1 and HMX. Or even Imx700/700y.

Raw files from imx689 is better than raw files out of another chinese phone that uses bit larger sensor.

  • Anonymous

Esmejo, 21 Sep 2021Basically the 200mpx its a gimmick since the real deal will... moremany people calling gimmick seems miss-understand something.
the sensor is 200mp and use 200mp to binning the image, thus nothing wrong for samsung to market it as 200mp sensor, no?

They got 50mp sensor also, comparing to 108mp there still some benefit from high-mp pixel bining, so expect this similar to 200mp.
Now whether the improvement is good enough or not, each person can judge by themselves.


what important point is that better for them to keep making new sensor, rather than stuck with current technology.
i am guessing, soon enough this high-mp sensor will reach limit anyway.

Anonymous, 21 Sep 2021Digital zoom doesn't affect focal length equiivalent s... moreAs long as I can zoom without the image becoming blurry or noisy and oversharpened...

  • Anonymous

the only advantage this sensor have over GN2 is the multi sampling feature, with no narrow pov 8k recording

the ISP in flagship SOC wont have enough speed even for next year, next year isp will enough for 108mp but 200mp will need 1s capture and the quality is obviously won't good as the isp barely can capture the entire 200mp. This is the same case as the snapdragon 865 which only capable 64mp but used with 108mp sensor, the quality is not as sharp as 48mp sensor ,ex imx 586 with OIS in oppo reno 10x zoom vs hmx 108mp with OIS in mi10t pro (2nd gen implementation after mi10) the image have less detail

SuuperBaka, 21 Sep 2021It's marketing. The average consumer who knows almost ... moreIn Camera three things I think which looks more attractive are
Megapixel,number of camera's and OIS for marketing purpose.(Ads).
Next is lens but this can make phone costly.

Would love to see this with a very bright lens (f1.5?), and some new smartphone lens technology that has extremely high contract, very low flare and extreme high detail levels. That may do justice to the very high pixel count.

  • Anonymous

Aierlan, 21 Sep 2021At least the sensor size at 1/1.22" is bigger than the... moreIt's probably not as good. On paper it sounds good but if they aren't putting it in their own flagships then something must not be right somewhere. Not to say it's bad but it's probably as as impressive as it sounds. Or maybe they just have no idea how to harness the power of it lol. Let's see if Google can set a new bar for others to catch up with the Pixel 6 since it's a massive upgrade in camera hardware.

  • Anonymous

Esmejo, 21 Sep 2021Basically the 200mpx its a gimmick since the real deal will... moreBecause 200MP can grab more attention from costumers compared to 12-16MP, even if both have same size and output photos of same resolution.

It is like those cheaper phones with 4 cameras, where two are useless macro/depth.
They are useless, but still you can advertise as 4 cameras being better than having 2 or 3.

Most of clients surely do not know these cameras output mostly 12/12.5MP instead of resolution advertised.
Nobody needs to care about the size of files being like 40MB.




Esmejo, 21 Sep 2021Basically the 200mpx its a gimmick since the real deal will... moreIt's marketing. The average consumer who knows almost nothing about cameras will think this is the best based on the number of MP. There's more to a camera than the MP count.

What looks more impressive? 200MP or 12, 16, 24, 50MP?

Wezz, 21 Sep 2021Samsung will kill Sony in the sensor market ... and cameras too"Samsung will kill Sony in the sensor market ... and cameras too"

Nice Joke buddy. Samsung isn't competing with Sony with cameras, they're too behind

  • Anonymous

Wayne Morellini, 21 Sep 2021Going by your article. I'm surprised there is no stri... moreDual gain thing on Arrii is one complex technology, it's not as simple as merging two signals together. One could argue that HDRI process embeded in a cellphone sensor is the same phylosophy but not even stacking image procedure is remotley the same. What we have on mobile sensors is crude and primal HDRI implementation. Most stuff happens once the signal leaves the sensor anyway. And while the final result from cellphones is in domain "its' okay or good enough" they will never be able to do what Arri or Canon are doing right now due to physical limitations. One day they would be able to emulate that via software effects like VSTs are emulating hardware right now with very little CPU power but that day is not remotely close today. Video on a cellphone is at least single generation behind the video on dedicated video cameras, if not more.

  • Anonymous

Shadocx, 21 Sep 2021Most companies seems to be cropping into the binned low res... moreDigital zoom doesn't affect focal length equiivalent so digitally zoomed 2x/3x images such as on S21 looks wierd compared to physical zoom with adequate focal length. Difference is quite obvious.

  • Anonymous

fact it cant be even in top 5 dxomark shows samsung is just good at marketing lately like the 100x space crap zoom

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