21 July 2022
Samsung has announced its second 200-megapixel smartphone camera sensor called ISOCELL HP3. It is a direct successor to the ISOCELL HP1 that arrived about a year ago. The company is claiming it to be the camera sensor with the industry's smallest pixel size at just 0.56-micrometer (μm).
It is about 12% smaller than the predecessor which measures 0.64μm. The new ISOCELL HP3 is a 1/1.4-inch camera sensor which is a 20% smaller camera module size than the previous offering. It means it can be used in even more smartphones as it can now be used without making the phone look bulkier or with a noticeable camera bump.
The new sensor comes with Samsung's Super QPD auto-focusing tech. This allows each of the pixels on the sensor to have auto-focusing capabilities. The tech further makes use of a single lens for phase difference detection in both horizontal and vertical directions. It is something usually done with the help of four adjacent pixels. Samsung says this will result in quicker and more accurate auto-focusing on the phones.
It is capable of recording 8K videos at 30 frames per second or 4K videos at 120 frames per second. There is claimed to be minimal loss of field of view while shooting in 8K. There is Tetra-pixel technology for delivering a superior low-light photography experience. It works by combining four adjacent pixels into one to work like a 50-megapixel 0.56μm sensor or combining 16 pixels into one to work as a 12.5-megapixel 2.24μm sensor.
The ISOCELL HP3 further has Smart-ISO Pro which merges image information obtained through high-ISO, mid-ISO, and low-ISO for an improved dynamic range. Samsung says the camera sensor samples are currently available. It is expected to undergo mass production later this year.