Samsung unveils ISOCELL image sensor with industry’s smallest 0.56μm pixel – Samsung Global Newsroom

HP3 200MP’s 12% smaller pixels can reduce camera module area by 20%

Super QPD solution enables more precise and faster autofocus

Samsung Electronics, a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today introduced the ISOCELL HP3 200MP, the image sensor with the smallest 0.56 micrometer (μm) pixels in the industry.

“Samsung has continuously led the image sensor market trend with its technology leadership in high-resolution sensors with the smallest pixels,” said JoonSeo Yim, Executive Vice President of Sensor Business Team at Samsung Electronics. . “With our latest upgraded ISOCELL HP3 0.56μm 200MP, Samsung will strive to deliver epic resolutions beyond professional levels for smartphone camera users.”

Epic resolution beyond pro levels

Since its first 108MP image sensor rollout in 2019, Samsung has been leading the trend of developing next-generation ultra-high resolution cameras. With the regular release of new image sensors and advancements in performance, the company is once again moving forward with the 0.56μm 200MP ISOCELL HP3.

The ISOCELL HP3, with a 12% smaller pixel size than the predecessor’s 0.64μm, packs 200 million pixels in a 1/1.4″ optical format, which is the diameter of the area captured through the lens. This means the ISOCELL HP3 can achieve around 20% reduction in camera module area, allowing smartphone makers to keep their high-end devices slim.

The ISOCELL HP3 comes with a Super QPD autofocus solution, which means that all sensor pixels are equipped with autofocus capabilities. Additionally, Super QPD uses a single lens on four adjacent pixels to detect phase differences in the horizontal and vertical directions. This paves the way for more accurate and faster autofocus for smartphone camera users.

The sensor also allows users to shoot 8K video at 30 frames per second (fps) or 4K video at 120fps, with minimal loss in field of view when shooting 8K video. Combined with the Super QPD solution, users can take film-like cinematic footage with their mobile devices.

Ultimate low light experience thanks to ‘Tetra2pixels’

The ISOCELL HP3 also offers the ultimate low-light experience, along with the Tetra2pixel technology that combines four pixels into one to turn the 0.56μm 200MP sensor into a 1.12μm 50MP sensor, or a 12.5MP sensor with 2.24μm pixels by combining 16 pixels into one. The technology allows the sensor to simulate a large pixel sensor to take brighter, more vibrant photos even in dark environments, such as indoors or at night.

To maximize the dynamic range of the moving image sensor, the ISOCELL HP3 adopts an improved Smart-ISO Pro function. The technology merges image information from both low and high ISO mode conversion gains to create HDR images. The improved version of the technology comes with a triple ISO mode Low, Medium and High which further expands the dynamic range of the sensor. Additionally, the improved Smart-ISO Pro allows the sensor to express images in over 4 trillion colors (14-bit color depth), which is 64 times more colors than the predecessor’s 68 billion (12-bit). Additionally, by supporting Stepped HDR with Smart-ISO Pro, the ISOCELL HP3 can switch between the two solutions depending on the shooting environment to produce high quality HDR images.

Samples of the Samsung ISOCELL HP3 are currently available and mass production is expected to begin this year.

Michael C. Garrison