Last week Samsung introduced the ISOCELL HP2, the company’s third 200MP image sensor. The HP1 sensor is currently found in the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra and Xiaomi 12T Pro. One of the differences between the three sensors is the pixel size used in each component. On the HP1 the pixel size is 0.64 µm (microns), the HP2 has a 0.6 µm pixel size. The pixel size is smaller at 0.56 μm on the HP 3.
Samsung recently released a video for the ISOCELL HP2 which is expected to end up being implemented in the Galaxy S23 Ultra. The entire Galaxy S23 lineup should welcome the light of day when the new flagship models are unveiled on February 1 during the upcoming Samsung Unpacked event. A leaked Verizon spec sheet for the series reveals that along with the 200MP main camera, the Galaxy S23 Ultra will sport a 12MP ultra-wide camera and a 10MP telephoto camera. Using its AI bag of tricks, Samsung will make the phone deliver 100x digital space zoom.
The ISOCELL HP2 uses 4:1 and 16:1 pixel binning
The HP2 uses dual vertical transfer gates that allow the sensor to store more light information to help reproduce colors more accurately. Images will remain sharp whether cropped or enlarged. With Tetra2pixel technology, Samsung uses pixel binning to simulate different pixel sizes and resolutions based on available lighting. With 4:1 or 16:1 pixel binning, the sensor will produce 50-megapixel 1.2 μm or 12.5-megapixel 2.4 μm images, depending on the environment. The more information that can be combined in a pixel, the better the image will be.
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Samsung also mentions that its Super QPD feature allows users to take advantage of fast and accurate autofocus capabilities even in low light conditions. All 200 million pixels are used in the focusing process. The sensor also reduces dreaded shutter lag, which is when too much time passes between pressing the shutter and taking the photo.
it’s great when a rumor we passed on to each other turns out to be true. Last month, top notch Twitter tipster Ice Universe (@UniverseIce) revealed that the Galaxy S23 Ultra would shoot 8K video at 30 frames per second (fps). And Iceman (or Mr. Universe?) was 100% correct. The result should be smoother video compared to frames shot with the Galaxy S22 Ultra. The latter shot 8K video at 24fps. Having those extra 6 frames per second allows a video to jump less as more motion is captured each second.
Galaxy S23 Ultra specifications
Other methods used by the HP2 sensor are being used to improve the dynamic range of photos and videos, allowing more detail to appear in shadows. It’s the difference between a shadow looking like a black spot or being able to see detail. As Samsung says, “More pixels. Epic details.” The proof will be in the pudding, and the pudding will be available to buyers of the Galaxy S23 Ultra.
According to leaked Verizon spec sheets and previously reported rumors, the Galaxy S23 Ultra will feature a 6.8-inch QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. An overclocked 4nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen2 SoC will be under the hood with the high-performance X-3 CPU core running at a clock speed of 3.32 GHz compared to a clock speed of 3.2 GHz in the regular variant. There will be two configurations of the phone available: 8 GB of RAM with 256 GB of storage and 12 GB of RAM with 512 GB of storage.[honeavailable:8GBofRAMwith256GBofstorageand12GBofRAMwith512GBofstorage[honeavailable:8GBofRAMwith256GBofstorageand12GBofRAMwith512GBofstorage
A 5000 mAh battery will keep the lights on and it will support 45W fast charging. Color options will be Phantom Black, Cream, Lavender and Green. The S Pen digital stylus will come with the device ready to use and there will be a case on the device where it can be stored. Verizon will offer the phone starting at $1,199.99 or 36 monthly payments of $33.33.
While the Galaxy S23 series will be unveiled on February 1, pre-orders will begin on the same day with February 17 set as the launch date for the line.