Megapixel madness – Samsung's rumored 440MP sensor is just unnecessary

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
(Image credit: Samsung)

The latest rumors suggest that Samsung is preparing a 440MP sensor, potentially for inclusion in the Galaxy S25 Ultra that is likely due in the first quarter of 2025. Although, seriously, who needs a 440MP sensor?

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra had one of the largest sensors yet, with a 200MP sensor on the main camera, although if reports are true, then that record is about to be blown up. In reality, this camera by default actually took 12MP images after Samsung used all its clever pixel binning technology to improve the lighting and dynamic range as much as possible. This is also a normal and usable size of image for sharing on messaging apps or social media, with Instagram or WhatsApp downgrading images considerably to save data.

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.