02 February 2023
Samsung has unveiled its new 200-megapixel ISOCELL HP2 camera sensor for future-generation premium smartphones. It has not mentioned a phone's name particularly but this is the sensor that will debut with the Galaxy S23 Ultra. This is the third 200MP sensor from the company after the ISOCELL HP1 and ISOCELL HP3 but none of these appeared on a Samsung smartphone.
Even though the naming scheme may confuse you, Samsung has confirmed ISOCELL HP2 is the most advanced 200MP camera sensor in the catalog. It packs 200 million 0.6μm pixels in a 1/1.3-inch optical format which is the same size as used by 108-megapixel camera sensors. It means smartphones will be able to offer higher megapixels without any noticeable increase in the camera bump.
It has Tetra2Pixel pixel-binning technology that allows it to perform differently in different lighting situations to deliver high-quality results. It can bind four neighboring pixels in low-light situations to function like a 50-megapixel 1.2μm sensor or 16 neighboring pixels for a 12.5-megapixel 2.4μm sensor. It can capture fuller 8K 30fps videos in the 1.2μm 50-megapixel mode with a wide field of view.
Samsung has utilized a new Dual Vertical Transfer Gate (D-VTG) technology claimed to boost a pixel's full-well capacity by more than 33%. This is said to enhance color reproduction and reduce overexposure, especially in bright light conditions. It further has Super Quad Phase Detection aka Super QPD for a faster and more reliable auto-focus even in dim light conditions.