That’s the highest resolution phone camera sensor ever made and by a great margin!
Samsung recently announced that it was working on a 200-megapixel image sensor for its smartphone cameras. Dubbed the ISOCELL HP1, it has 0.64?m pixels and can bin 16 of those all at once which is equivalent to a 12.5-megapixel sensor with 2.56?m pixels. Samsung has already picked up a catchy name for the HP1’s pixel-binning technology and is called it the “ChameleonCell.”
The ChameleonCell consists of a four-by-four 12.5-megapixel setting that is most suited for night mode or in case there is low light available. Not only that, but this unique pixel setting can also capture full 200-megapixel resolution photos (Talk about quality). It can also be used to capture 50-megapixel resolution images by using a different two-by-two binning technique but that all depends on the user’s requirements. Along with 50-megapixel images, the HP1 in the two by two binning mode is also able to capture 8K video. Samsung claims that it’s able to shoot the 8K video without cropping any parts which is a bit contradictory since standard 8K is less than 50 megapixels (7680 x 4320)
Along with the ISOCELL HP1, Samsung also has plans to introduce a new sensor called the ISOCELL GN5. This sensor is a 50-megapixel sensor with 1.0?m pixels and is planned to be integrated with Samsung’s Dual Pixel Pro technology. This sensor can be seen as the smaller sibling of the 1.4?m pixel GN2 which was introduced on Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Ultra earlier this year.
While no official release date has been announced by Samsung for the mass production of these image sensors, the samples are already available for phone manufacturers so it might be coming soon in the future.