Samsung unveiled the first 200-megapixel sensor in late 2021. The sensor is not yet available for smartphones, but according to reports and images, the Motorola Frontier is set to be the first phone based on this sensor to hit the market. Now one of the news agencies has reported that the development of an improved version of this sensor is in the final stages and may reach users in 2023 with the Galaxy S23 Ultra.
Although the first version of this sensor called ISOCELL The HP1 also has some great features, the next version, the ISOCELL HP3, will no doubt have more to say. Of course, the exact specifications of this sensor have not been revealed yet, and we can not speak with certainty in this regard. However, its use of 200 megapixel resolution means that we will face one of the largest mobile camera sensors.
It is said that about 30% of the development process of this sensor is the responsibility of Samsung Mobile and About 70% of the rest is done by the electromechanical department of the company. In 2020, Samsung introduced the 108-megapixel main camera for the first time in the Galaxy S20 Ultra. A year later, the Galaxy S21 Ultra and S22 Ultra were launched again with a 108-megapixel sensor. Of course, for these two phones, minor improvements have been made to the sensor, but in general, they are not much different from the same sensor used for the S20 Ultra.
Although many users thought that at least a few more years to see the release We will not have higher resolution sensors, but apparently 108 megapixels is not enough for Samsung, so the company's executives have decided to use a 200 megapixel sensor. As we said, we do not have much information about this new sensor yet, so after the introduction of the Motorola Frontier, we can talk more definitively about the features of the first generation of this sensor.
As you probably know, the size of the camera sensor is more important than the number of pixels. Although sensor resolution plays an important role in providing detail, the amount of light that is recorded determines the exposure balance, dynamic range, and even sharpness. The larger the sensor, the more light it records for the shutter speed, ISO (exposure sensitivity) and the specified aperture. New sensors usually have one photosite per pixel. The size of the photos also depends on the resolution of the camera and the size of the sensor. Keeping the size of the camera sensor constant means that as the resolution increases, the size of the photo sites decreases.
So a 200-megapixel sensor does not necessarily provide better quality than a larger 50-megapixel sensor, and may even be of worse quality. Be. Overall, the most important advantage of high-resolution sensors is that they can provide better quality for digital zoom. But on the other hand, larger sensors, and consequently larger pixels, offer greater quality in the field of photography in low light environments. This results in less noise and better colors, even in low light environments.
That's why companies like Sony are increasing the size of mobile camera sensors day by day. So we need to see if Samsung's 200-megapixel sensor is a bit of a competitor in terms of size for Sony's new sensors. It should be noted that large sensors, although an important part of the mobile camera system, are not the only key part. A great camera needs high-quality lenses, powerful processing, and software that can capture attractive photos in the fastest possible time.
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