Samsung 200MP camera sensor launches, but not for Galaxy S23 Ultra

Our smartphone cameras keep getting better and Samsung is pushing the boundaries again. This week, Samsung announced a new 200MP camera sensor, but we don’t expect it to appear in any Galaxy device anytime soon.

Announced today in a blog post, Samsung ISOCELL HP3 is a new 200MP camera sensor designed for smartphones. The new HP3 is the second 200MP camera sensor Samsung has unveiled, but the first, HP1, was never used in a widely produced smartphone.

What’s new with HP3? The new 200MP camera sensor has the smallest pixels in the industry, according to Samsung, measuring just 0.56 micrometers (μm).

The sensor itself measures 1/1.4″, with 200 million pixels in that size. As is common with these large sensors, Samsung will either combine four pixels into one, outputting a 50MP image, or 16 pixels into one, producing a 12.5MP image, in either case you get a final output that is brighter and more vibrant.

Samsung ISOCELL HP3 can record videos up to 8K/30fps or 4K/120fps. There is also a “minimal loss in field of view” during 8K recording.

However, if you were hoping that Samsung would include this new sensor in the Galaxy S23 Ultra, you’re in for a disappointment. Ice Universe say that this particular sensor will not be in the upcoming flagship smartphone, although it is unclear what the phone will use. Previous rumors have claimed that there could be a 200MP sensor in the cards.

Be that as it may, it’s always great to see smartphone cameras being pushed forward.

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