Samsung flexes its 200MP HP1 sensor by printing a cat billboard

Michail, 26 May 2022

Samsung unveiled its 200MP ISCOCELL HP1 camera sensor back in September of last year but we still have not seen a device to feature the massive sensor. That might change come July with an upcoming Motorola phone and Samsung posted a video detailing the sensor’s capabilities.

The goal of the video is to showcase the amount of detail that the HP1 sensor can preserve. While no phone was used to demonstrate the new sensor we did see it hooked up to a Frankenstein rig complete with a test board, external display and additional lens which allowed a group of Samsung engineers to capture some detailed cat pics.

The final 200 MP still was then printed on an industrial printer. The end result? A 28 x 22-meter canvas made up of twelve separate 2.3 meter long pieces that were stitched together and hung from a building. The actual photo was optimized and adjusted by the photographers behind the scene of course. The big takeaway is that you can zoom and crop into images without losing detail.

ISOCELL HP1 picel binning
ISOCELL HP1 pixel binning

Samsung’s HP1 sensor brings an all-new pixel binning tech dubbed ChamelonCell which can group up to sixteen pixels in various resolutions that go from 12.5MP stills with a 2.56μm pixel pitch to 50MP stills (1.28μm pixels) or natively at 200MP (0.64μm pixels) depending on your needs.


Reader comments

Your words are not going to process that data.

I think I already described the problem to my next comment after that one. For monochrome sensor it just need to detect one color. It does not detect and process different waves..

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