After unwrapping the 108MPISOCELL HM3 image sensor earlier this year, Samsung today announced two new image sensors. Among them, the first is the ISOCELL HP1 sensor, which is the world’s first 200MP mobile image sensor. The other is the 50MPISOCELL GN5 image sensor.
The company shared the latest image sensor details through an official blog post.Industry’s first 200MP sensor function Small 0.64 micron size pixels Provides support for 8K video on mobile and handheld devices. On the other hand, the 50MP GN5 sensor is a low-end sensor with an improved autofocus function.
Samsung 200MP ISOCELL HP1 image sensor
Now, when we get into the technical details of the 200MP sensor, it is based on the company’s state-of-the-art camera technology and features a brand new pixel binning technology called Chameleon Cell technology.. This pixel binning technology uses a 2 x 2, 4 x 4, or full pixel layout for the image, depending on the ambient lighting.
As a result, in dark environments, the ISOCELL HP1 sensor turns into a 12.5MP image sensor with large pixels of 2.56 μm.It’s essentially Merge 16 adjacent pixels It captures more light and increases sensitivity. This allows users to capture bright and crisp images indoors or in dimly lit situations. However, the sensor works fully in bright outdoor environments and delivers ultra-high definition images on mobile devices.
In terms of video capabilities, the 200MP ISO CELL HP1 supports 8K video recording at 30 FPS. The sensor minimizes visual field loss. In addition, it merges four adjacent pixels to reduce the video resolution to 50MP and capture 8K video without cropping or reducing the full resolution of the image.
Samsung 50MP ISOCELL GN5 image sensor
The 50MP sensor on the ISOCELL GN5 image sensor is the industry’s first image sensor with built-in support for Dual Pixel Pro technology. This is essentially an advanced autofocus technology that allows the sensor to automatically focus in all directions.
Dual Pixel Pro technology leverages two of the industry’s smallest photodiodes, each between 1 μm pixels. These photodiodes are placed horizontally or vertically between pixels and recognize pattern changes in all directions. As a result, with one million such phase-detecting photodiodes, the 50MP ISOCELL GN5 sensor can instantly autofocus in both bright and dark environments.
In addition, the GN5 image sensor also uses the company’s proprietary pixel technology that applies front deep trench isolation (FDTI). This makes it the industry’s first dual-pixel product with FDTI technology. It essentially allows small photodiodes between pixels to absorb and retain more light information, despite their micro-sized form factor.
Now with new image sensors available, Samsung has already shipped ISOCELL HP1 and GN5 image sensors to OEMs. Therefore, phone makers can expect to launch phones with these sensors by late 2021 or early 2022.