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Samsung has an insane new 200MP sensor, but it’s not coming to the Galaxy S23 Ultra

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Just hours ago, Samsung officially unveiled its revolutionary new 200MP camera sensor that we’ve been hearing for a while, and just the resolution on it sounds intimidating, but in an interesting turn of events, a popular analyst is now crushing expectations that this new sensor will be used. on the coming Galaxy S23 Ultra flagship.

And it’s clear it won’t be used on the two upcoming Samsung foldables, the Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4, which are just around the corner.

The 200MP sensor dubbed Samsung Isocell HP3 comes with the industry’s smallest individual pixels, which isn’t usually something to brag about, but cramming 200 million pixels onto a smartphone-sized sensor involves never-before-seen engineering. and the end result promises to bring a small revolution.

As you can see in the images above, each individual pixel measures just 0.56m. That’s less than the 0.64m on the previous-generation HP2 sensor, and compared to a traditional 12MP sensor like the one shown. used on the iPhone 13 Pro series, well…that’s a 1.9m, about three times bigger than pixels on the new one HP3 sensor

Of course, those of you interested in photography will know that there are all sorts of problems when individual pixels get smaller, or rather microscopic in the case of such a high-resolution sensor. A super small pixel will get less light and this will result in poor low light performance, but don’t worry, there’s an industrial solution to this, which is to bundle multiple pixels into one.

So the HP3 sensor can bundle 4 pixels into 1 and give you 50MP images, or even 4 blocks of 4 pixels, or a total of 16 pixels into one kind of “superpixel”, and that gives you 12.5MP photos. In the case of the new HP3 sensor, we also have Super QPD technology, meaning every pixel has autofocus capabilities, plus there’s one lens over each block of 4 pixels, which work together to ensure faster autofocus.

As to why the 200MP HP3 sensor won’t come to the S23 Ultra, we can only guess, but one obvious reason is that such a high-resolution sensor requires a lot of processing for each shot, and if you Galaxy cameras follows, you probably already know that there is quite a bit of lag when taking photos, even with the current 108MP sensor. So yes, it will probably take some time for Samsung to refine and optimize the processing of an even higher resolution sensor. But it probably will, and we can’t wait to see the results.

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