Samsung unveils record-breaking 200 megapixel mobile phone sensor

Samssung 200mp phone sensor
(Image credit: Samsung)

Samsung has officially announced that it is producing a mobile phone sensor with a whopping 200 megapixels - setting a new record for cellphone camera resolution. The Samsung Isocell HP1 uses photosites that measure just 0.64μm across - the same size as found in Samsung's own JN1 50MP chip that was introduced earlier this year.

The jump in pixel count is designed to use with Samsung's improved pixel binning technology - that clusters photosites together to increase image performance. The company says that its all-new ChameleonCell technology deploys a pixel-binning algorithm that uses a two-by-two, four-by-four or full pixel layout depending on the environment. Furthermore, in lowlight, the HP1 transforms into a 12.5MP image sensor with large 2.56μm pixels by merging 16 neighboring pixels. 

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.