Samsung has teased its new 200-megapixel image sensor in a unique way that shows off its incredibly high resolution. Alongside Sony and Omnivision, Samsung is one of the most notable makers of smartphone image sensors, and many of its offerings can be found on Android smartphones at all price points. The company announced its new 200-megapixel ISOCELL HP1 image sensor last September after weeks of rumors and media speculation.
While Samsung has yet to reveal any information on which companies will launch smartphones with the new sensor, Motorola is expected to be the first to use it in one of its upcoming smartphones. The Lenovo-owned brand used Samsung’s 108-megapixel image sensor in its Edge 20 Pro last year, so it’s no big surprise that it’s now using the all-new 200-megapixel sensor in the one of his next offers. There are rumors that next year’s Galaxy S23 may also come with the new sensor, although there is no confirmation on this yet.
As part of a new teaser for its 200-megapixel image sensor, Samsung released a video which shows the process he went through to capture an image using the sensor. The video also shows how the company printed the full-resolution image onto a massive canvas before hanging it on a huge billboard in the middle of a bustling city. While the company didn’t actually share sample photos from the camera, it said in a Press release that he had to use a test card to capture the image because there are no phones available with the new image sensor yet.
Ultra high resolution image sensor
As seen in the image and video, Samsung captured the photo of a cat and then printed it onto a 28m by 22m canvas. In total, it’s a whopping 616 square meters of canvas, which, as the company pointed out, is about one and a half times the size of a basketball court. In fact, it’s so big that the image can’t even be printed all at once. Instead, the photo had to be printed on twelve separate 7.5-foot-long pieces of fabric and then sewn together to achieve the complete image. Despite the huge impression, Samsung says the image came out crystal clear with all the finer details, thanks in large part to the sensor’s massive resolution.
Interestingly, the team was initially looking to capture the image using a custom adapter to attach various DSLR camera lenses to the test board. However, the company ultimately decided to capture the image the same way smartphone users would – without fancy extra lenses. The resulting image looks decent from a distance, but it’s unclear why Samsung didn’t release actual photo samples if the result was as good as the company claims.
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