Samsung’s 200MP image sensor, to be used in the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra, stars in new video

The ISOCELL HP1 is a 200MP image sensor that will debut next month on the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra

About a week ago, Samsung released a video revealing the capabilities of the ISOCELL HP1. The 83-second clip has been viewed 3.2 million times. By the way, Samsung wants you to know that “The mobile device and user interface depicted are fictitious works. No simulation of actual products is intended.” In other words, the phones and operating system you see in the video are not real and do not represent any current or future Samsung device or software.
According Samsungthe synopsis of the story behind the video is that “the image sensor engineers at Samsung Electronics have taken on a daunting challenge. They are trying to print a photo that was taken with the 200 megapixel mobile image sensor (MP) of ISOCELL on a huge canvas measuring 28 meters wide by 22 meters high (the photo was taken using a test board), which is one and a half times the size of an official pitch of the NBA.
In the heart of the city, the canvas unfolds showing the breathtaking image of the iconic cat Samsung logo in the upper right corner, and at the bottom you can see the words “Captured by ISOCELL”. So how did this challenge come about? Minhyuk Lee, Sensor Solutions Team Engineer at Samsung’s System LSI Business,” explained, “I always wondered how far you could go when it came to printing a 200MP image. ”

Lee added that “as exciting as it was, the challenge was demanding, as it was the first time we demonstrated the quality of an image sensor that has yet to be adopted in smartphones.” The team notes: “Choosing a cat as a subject was a difficult decision. It gave us a lot of hurdles to overcome, like capturing such an active subject with a test board. However, the team concluded that the subject should be something that would show a high level of detail and it was a popular photography subject at the same time.”

Taking a photo with a 200MP image sensor allows you to zoom in on a photo without losing image quality

Weighing his opinion, photographer Hyunjoong Kim said, “I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the raw image magnified to 100%. I was truly amazed at the level of detail. At that moment- there, I knew all the prejudices I had before about smartphone photography turned out to be wrong.” The canvas was made up of 12 separate pieces of fabric each weighing 2.3 meter long pieces of fabric (about 7½ feet each) that were sewn together.

The image of the cat was transported using a truck and a crane was used when unfolding the photo on the side of a building. After the task was completed, Samsung’s project manager noted, “When the image was rolled out for the big reveal, the sheer scale of it really struck me, and not just because of its actual size. . The moment I saw the 200 million pixels of stunning detail in the cat’s eyes and fur, I was overwhelmed by all the effort that went into developing this final product.”

Creating a 200MP image sensor wasn’t a project Samsung took on just because it could be done. Kaeul and Minhyuk Lee of Samsung said that “the ultimate benefit of the 200MP image sensor is to allow users to capture an image that can be zoomed and cropped without compromising image quality. The 200MP image sensor will soon become the optimal solution for 8K video recording.”

And if all goes according to plan, consumers will get their first chance to use a camera backed by Samsung’s 200MP image sensor when the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra is released next month.

Michael C. Garrison