Samsung has just announced the development of a huge camera sensor with a resolution of 200 megapixels (MP) that will likely be integrated into future Android smartphones to compete with Apple’s iPhone. Called Isocell HP1, the latter surpasses the best cameras available on current smartphones and sets a new record for its pixelation technology to improve autofocus and low-light shots.
For low-light photography, Samsung’s Isocell HP1 uses pixel stitching technology that uses a two-by-two, four-by-four, or full pixel layout depending on the environment, as the southern giant points out. -Korean. The Isocell HP1 can transform into a 12.5MP sensor with larger pixels by merging 16 adjacent pixels. This is a pixelation technique that Apple did not use in the iPhone 12, but that several brands of Android phones use to enhance the color of an image from a single pixel.
It does this by creating a smaller number of better quality pixels. Samsung used pixel binning to enhance photos from the Galaxy S21 Ultra with its 108MP photo sensor, according to ‘s CNET site. Pixel binning enhances the flexibility of an image sensor to handle different light conditions by changing the way the image sensor collects light. It also includes image processing algorithms that transform the raw sensor data into a photo or video.
A technology of the future?
Pixel grouping combines the data from pixel groups on the sensor to, in effect, create a smaller number of better quality pixels. If the technique is far from being a “gadget” and allows phone manufacturers like Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi to obtain better picture quality. Huawei and Xiaomi, which also use Samsung’s pixel binning technology, can thus boast of megapixel figures that beat DSLR cameras.
As Samsung teams explain, the pixels created by this technique can absorb more light and result in brighter, clearer photos in low light conditions. He notes that the sensor can capture ultra-high definition images on smartphones and do so more efficiently. “The ISOCELL HP1 can shoot 8K video at 30 frames per second (fps) with minimal loss in the field of view. The HP1 merges four neighboring pixels to bring the resolution down to 50MP or 8,192 x 6,144 for taking videos. 8K (7,680 x 4,320) without the need to crop or reduce the resolution of the entire image, ”says Samsung in a press release.
Samsung’s pixel breakthrough could be great news for the Android smartphone ecosystem, competing for a phone’s most important feature – the camera. Samsung’s imaging technology, along with 5G, is also an important part of its consumer electronics business for its own Galaxy smartphones and for rival mobile companies.