Samsung introduces world’s first 200MP ISOCELL HP1 sensor, new 50MP ISOCELL GN5 sensor with Dual Pixel Pro

After rumours, Samsung just announced ISOCELL HP1, the first 200MP image sensor with 0.64μm pixel sensor and 50MP ISOCELL GN5 that is the first image sensor to adopt all-directional focusing Dual Pixel Pro technology with two photodiodes in a single 1.0μm pixel. Both these support up to 8K 30fps, 4K 120fps and FHD 240fps video recording.

Features of ISOCELL HP1 

  • Industry’s first mobile image sensor to support 200MP.
  • 0.64μm-sized pixels brings such ultra-high resolution in a small package that fits comfortably in smartphones
  • Features an all-new ChameleonCell technology, a pixel-binning technology that uses a two-by-two, four-by-four or full pixel layout depending on the environment.
  • In a low-lit environment, the HP1 transforms into a 12.5MP image sensor with large 2.56μm pixels by merging 16 neighboring pixels.  The newly formed 2.56μm pixel is capable of more light absorption and sensitivity, producing brighter and clearer photos in in-doors or in the evening.
  • In bright outdoor environments, the sensor’s 200-million pixels can capture ultra-high-definition photography on mobile devices.
  • Supports 8K videos at 30 frames-per-second (fps) with minimum loss in the field of view.
  • Merges four neighboring pixels to bring the resolution down to 50MP or 8,192 x 6,144 to take 8K (7,680 x 4,320) videos without the need to crop or scale down the full image resolution.

Features of ISOCELL GN5

  • First 1.0μm image sensor to integrate Dual Pixel Pro, an all-directional autofocusing technology, that can substantially boost autofocusing capabilities.
  • Dual Pixel Pro technology places two photodiodes, the smallest in the industry, within each 1.0μm pixel of the sensor either horizontally or vertically to recognize pattern changes in all directions.
  • With one million phase-detecting multi-directional photodiodes covering all areas of the sensor, the ISOCELL GN5’s autofocusing becomes instantaneous, enabling sharper images in either bright or low-lit environments.
  • Makes use of Samsung’s proprietary pixel technology, which applies Front Deep Trench Isolation (FDTI) on a Dual Pixel product for the first time in the industry.
  • Despite the microscopic photodiode size, FDTI enables each photodiode to absorb and hold more light information, improving the photodiodes’ full-well capacity (FWC) and decreasing crosstalk within the pixel.

Samsung is already shipping ISOCELL HP1 and GN5 sensors to OEMs, so we can expect new smartphones with these sensors sometime later this year or early 2022. Earlier rumours said that the 200MP sensor might be used in the Galaxy S22 Ultra next year.

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