Samsung has finally revealed camera sensor ISOCELL HP2 which will be integrated into the Galaxy S23 Ultra. The ISOCELL HP2 is the company’s third 200MP camera sensor, which it claims delivers significantly improved image and video quality.
The ISOCELL HP2 is a 1/1.3 inch sensor with 0.6 micron pixels, making it smaller than the ISOCELL HP1 (1/22 inch with 0.64 micron pixels), which launched in 2021. However, Samsung claims that the ISOCELL The HP2 is its most advanced camera sensor as it features D-VTG (Dual Vertical Transfer Gate) technology, which increases capacity by more than 33% filling each pixel, helping to improve color reproduction and reduce overexposure.
In addition, the ISOCELL HP2 offers faster autofocus, improved colors and better HDR.
The new image sensor features Tetra2Pixel, Samsung’s binning technology, which captures 50 MP images with 1.2 μm pixels (4-in-1 pixel binning) or 12.5 Mpx with 2.4 μm pixels (16-in-1 binning ), depending on ambient light. It can also shoot video up to 8K 30fps with a wider field of view in its 1.2μm 50MP mode.
ISOCELL HP2 offers faster and more reliable autofocus in low-light conditions thanks to Super QPD (Quad Phase Detection). This autofocus technology uses all of its 200 million pixels as focusing means. Four adjacent sensor pixels are grouped together to recognize horizontal and vertical pattern changes, even in extremely low conditions such as moonlight (approx. 1 lux), which is 100x lower than indoor conditions (100 lux).
It can also take 15 full-resolution 200MP photos in one second, making it Samsung’s fastest 200MP sensor.
To improve HDR, Samsung uses DSG (Dual Signal Gain) technology in 50 MP mode. This is a technique that captures both short and long exposures simultaneously, meaning it can capture HDR images and video. It also comes with the Smart ISO Pro feature, which allows the phone to simultaneously shoot 12.5 MP photos and 4K 60 IPS HDR video. The sensor can also record 4K 120fps video and Full HD 480fps video (for slow motion or ultra high frame rate).