The day has finally come as Samsung has just announced the ISOCELL HP2, its third 200MP sensor. The same sensor will power the upcoming Galaxy S23 Ultra, and if Samsung’s claims are anything to go by, we’re looking at much better photo and video quality.
Unfortunately, the ISOCELL HP2 still isn’t a 1-inch sensor. You’re looking at a 1/1.3-inch sensor with 0.6-micro pixels. This means that the sensor is smaller than the ISOCELL HP1 launched two years ago.
Samsung’s latest ISOCELL HP2 is a force sensor despite being smaller than its predecessor
However, Samsung is still in favor that the ISOCELL HP2 will do a lot of things that the previous generation camera couldn’t. For starters, you’re getting D-VTG (Double Vertical Transfer Gate) technology which will allow each pixel to have a capacity boosted by over 33%. What does this mean for the user? This will improve colors and mitigation in overexposed photos and videos, and brighter scenes will look better.
Moving on, the new ISOCELL HP2 also brings Samsung’s TetraPixel binning technology, allowing the sensor to take 50MP images with 1.2µm pixels and 12.5MP images with 2.4µm pixels. As expected, the sensor is also capable of recording 8K/30FPS video, but this time around, you’ll get a wider field of view if you shoot in 50MP mode.
Moreover, Samsung’s ISOCELL HP2 also offers better autofocus, especially in low-light conditions. This is done because of the brand new autofocus technology called Super QPD. This technology manages to use 200 million pixels for focus.
In addition, four adjacent pixels are integrated on the sensor. This allows an easier time recognizing horizontal and vertical pattern changes in dull conditions. Moreover, the new ISOCELL HP2 is also capable of capturing fifteen 200MP photos in just one second, making it one of the fastest sensors on the market.
Moving on to HDR, Samsung ISOCELL HP2 comes with DSG technology. For those familiar with photography, this technology allows the sensor to take short and long exposures at the same time. You’ll also get Smart ISO Pro, which will allow Galaxy S23 Ultra users to capture 12.5 photos as well as 4K/60FPS HDR videos together.
This is what JoonSeo Yim, Executive Vice President of the Sensor Business Team at Samsung, said.
“The Samsung ISOCELL HP2 takes advantage of Samsung’s high-resolution image sensor technologies and state-of-the-art know-how for epic detail. Our leadership comes from innovative pixel technologies that allow our sensors to surpass pixel count and size. We will continue to break new ground and consolidate our presence in the expanding ultra-high precision sensor market.“
Samsung has also claimed that ISOCELL HP2 is now being mass-produced, which means that when the Galaxy S23 Ultra launches next month, it will be packing this newer sensor.
You can read the full press release here.