It appears that Samsung’s 200-megapixel camera has the potential to create photographs that are razor-sharp, providing a major camera enhancement for the Galaxy S23.
Showcasing their 200MP ISOCELL HP1 camera sensor, Samsung produced a short video(opens in new tab) in which the company captured an image of a cat and then used that image to fill a 28×22-meter canvas that was draped from the side of an apartment building.
There are certain caveats, of course, given the fact that we’re just witnessing this via a YouTube video and not in person. Individual cat hairs appear to be picked out in the fine detail. Even some of the best smartphones’ cameras have trouble with this because of their lower megapixel counts.
It’s possible that Samsung’s next flagship Galaxy S-series phone may use this sensor, which would allow the company to take the top spot on our list of best camera phones. People, after all, enjoy taking pictures of their pets. A large sensor, on the other hand, can help you capture more detail and improve your low-light photos.
However, it’s well-known that megapixel numbers for smartphone cameras aren’t the be-all and end-all. Rather, image signal processing and computational photography play a crucial role in capturing and displaying the best possible images. A phone with a 50MP camera may take photographs that are superior to the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s 108MP sensor, so this is good news for Pixel 6 Pro users. Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro Max, meanwhile, has a 12MP main camera that can take some stunning images.
Even with today’s advances in smartphone processors and algorithms, it appears that more data will be required to push smartphone photography to new heights.
A 200MP main camera appears to be the secret to unlocking more from Samsung’s Galaxy phone photography in the company’s video. Rumors about the iPhone 14 Pro’s rumoured 48MP main camera have revived the importance of megapixels.
With all the time I’ve invested in researching smartphone cameras, I’m excited to think that a significant leap forward in the quality of phone cameras is on the horizon. I’ve come to the point where I’m witnessing decreasing returns generation after generation.
I’m eager to see what Samsung comes up with. To me, Samsung’s flagship phones have always had a tendency to oversaturate colours, making them a distant third behind Google’s Pixel and Apple’s iPhone models.
When it comes to picture processing, Samsung has been more restricted with the Galaxy S21 and S22 ranges. This has resulted in high-quality photographs like the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which is fantastic for gaming, but that’s another story.
As soon as Samsung’s Galaxy S23 is announced, I’m already looking forward to the early 2020s.