Samsung introduces ISOCELL HP3, a 200MP camera sensor with the smallest pixels 

The next-gen 200MP image sensor with the industry's smallest 0.56-micrometre pixels will allow smartphone manufacturers to keep their devices slim  
The ISOCELL HP3 has the industry's smallest pixel size
The ISOCELL HP3 has the industry's smallest pixel size

Samsung on Thursday launched its next-gen 200MP image sensor with the industry’s smallest 0.56-micrometre pixels that will allow smartphone users to take movie-like cinematic footage.
It is called the ISOCELL HP3 and has a 12 per cent smaller pixel size than the predecessor's 0.64 micrometres. It packs 200 million pixels.

The sensor can enable an approximately 20 per cent reduction in camera module surface area, allowing smartphone manufacturers to keep their premium devices slim.

"Samsung has continuously led the image sensor market trend through its technology leadership in high-resolution sensors with the smallest pixels," said JoonSeo Yim, Executive Vice President of the Sensor Business Team at Samsung Electronics.

"With our latest and upgraded 0.56 micrometre 200MP ISOCELL HP3, Samsung will push on to deliver epic resolutions beyond professional levels for smartphone camera users (sic)." he said in a statement.

The ISOCELL HP3 comes with a Super QPD auto-focusing solution, meaning that all of the sensor's pixels are equipped with auto-focusing capabilities. In addition, Super QPD uses a single lens over four-adjacent pixels to detect the phase differences in both horizontal and vertical directions.

The sensor also allows users to take videos in 8K at 30 frames-per-second (fps) or 4K at 120fps, with minimal loss in the field of view when taking 8K videos.

The ISOCELL HP3 also provides an ultimate low-light experience. The technology enables the sensor to simulate a large-sized pixel sensor to take brighter and more vibrant shots even in dimmed environments, like indoors or during nighttime.

Furthermore, by supporting staggered HDR along with Smart-ISO Pro, the ISOCELL HP3 can switch between the two solutions depending on the filming environment to produce high-quality HDR images, the company informed.

Since its first 108MP image sensor roll-out in 2019, Samsung has been leading the trend of next-generation, ultra-high-resolution camera development. The company will begin the mass production of the new image sensor this year.

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