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200 megapixels for a smartphone are no longer rumors. Samsung unveils world’s first 200-megapixel ISOCELL HP1 mobile image sensor

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A series of rumors about whether or not to be a smartphone with a 200-megapixel camera is over. Samsung today officially unveiled this high-resolution image sensor for smartphones. Is the pixel race going on?

Apparently, yes. Sony and OmniVision will also answer ISOCELL HP1, but for now let’s look at the characteristics of the new product. Of course, a sensor with such a huge resolution could not be small. At the same time, the layout of the smartphone does not imply (yet) the installation of large sensors. So the ISOCELL HP1, one might say, turned out to be a compromise – not an inch, but something like that. Optical format – 1 / 1.22 inches. Pixel size – 0.64 microns.

200 megapixels for a smartphone are no longer rumors.  Samsung unveils world's first 200-megapixel ISOCELL HP1 mobile image sensor

ChameleonCell pixel combining technology debuted with the sensor for more light capture. She has two options for work: 2 x 2 and 4 x 4. Accordingly, in the first case, the resolution is reduced four times – to 50 megapixels, in the second – 16 times, to only 12.5 megapixels. But the size of the “pixels” in the first case increases to 1.28 microns, in the second – to 2.65 microns. The sensor supports 8K video recording at 30 fps and 4K video at 120 fps. Interestingly, Samsung hasn’t said anything about the ISOCELL HP1 autofocus system, but one might think that there is at least Dual Pixel technology here – like in many of the company’s other sensors.

But the 50-megapixel ISOCELL GN5 uses Dual Pixel Pro technology – omnidirectional. The optical format of the sensor is 1 / 1.57 inches, the pixel size is 1 micron. The sensor supports 2 x 2 pixel binning for low light shooting, while the resolution is reduced to 12.5 megapixels. It also features Front Deep Trench Isolation technology to capture as much light as possible while reducing noise. This sensor also supports 8K video recording at 30 fps and 4K video at 120 fps.

200 megapixels for a smartphone are no longer rumors.  Samsung unveils world's first 200-megapixel ISOCELL HP1 mobile image sensor

Both new items are already available to smartphone manufacturers for review, and ready-made devices with them will appear next year. However, the first 200-megapixel smartphone may be released before the end of the year. According to rumors, this could be the Xiaomi Mi 12 Ultra. However, there is evidence that he will receive three sensors with a resolution of “only” 50 megapixels.

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The front-facing camera in the iPhone 13 has barely improved at all. DxOMark rated iPhone 13 mini and 13 Por

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We already got acquainted with the capabilities of the main cameras of the new iPhones yesterday, the turn of the front cameras has come. Fortunately, they are identical for all models of the line, so the results are the same.

DxOMark evaluated the front cameras of the iPhone 13 mini and 13 Pro. The result is 99 points. This puts the new products in fifth place in the ranking, which they share with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (on SoC Snapdragon) and Note10 + (on SoC Exynos). Last year’s iPhone 12 lineup scored 98 points at the time.

The front-facing camera in the iPhone 13 has barely improved at all.  DxOMark rated iPhone 13 mini and 13 Por

Interestingly, for the quality of the photo on the front camera, the iPhone 13 Pro still received 1 point more than the iPhone 13 mini (102 versus 101 points). The reason is a little more noise. But such a difference can be regarded as an error.

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Realme has created a hit smartphone. More than 100,000 Realme GT Neo 2 bought in China in a day

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Yesterday in China, sales of the Realme GT Neo 2 smartphone started, and today the company summed up the statistical result of the first day of sales: more than 100,000 smartphones were sold per day! Xiaomi and Redmi usually boast of such indicators, but Realme has shown an example that it is enough to offer a good combination of features and price, and the device will surely become a hit.

Realme does not provide the structure of demand, but the basic versions of smartphones are usually the most popular. The Realme GT Neo 2 has 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of flash memory, this option costs $ 370. There are also 8/256 GB and 12/256 versions for 420 and 565 dollars, respectively.

Recall that the Realme GT Neo 2 is built on Snapdragon 870, equipped with a 6.62-inch Samsung Super AMOLED E4 screen, a 5000 mAh battery with 65 W fast charging support and a triple camera with 64, 8 and 2 megapixel sensors.

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What the iPhone 13 Pro is capable of in macro mode: pros and cons

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The editor of 9to5mac tested the iPhone 13 Pro’s macro mode and tried to draw his own conclusions about how well Apple turned out to be in this mode.

Macro photography works differently on iPhone 13 than on other smartphones: you simply zoom in on your subject until it switches to macro mode. At first glance, this seems quite convenient, but in reality it is not.

The reviewer admits that Apple wanted to make the mode as convenient as possible, but in fact the camera exits macro mode as quickly as it turns on. When this happens, she switches cameras, which, as early observers said, was very annoying. You start to carefully zoom in on the camera, and then suddenly you see a defocused image of something in the background. Apple said it will fix this with a software update.

Despite this, it is possible to get interesting shots of ordinary things, as shown below:

What the iPhone 13 Pro is capable of in macro mode: pros and cons

What the iPhone 13 Pro is capable of in macro mode: pros and cons

What the iPhone 13 Pro is capable of in macro mode: pros and cons

What the iPhone 13 Pro is capable of in macro mode: pros and cons

What the iPhone 13 Pro is capable of in macro mode: pros and cons

What the iPhone 13 Pro is capable of in macro mode: pros and cons

9to5mac notes that Apple has not added a true macro lens to the iPhone. But the company has made the existing camera focus very close so that you can take macro photos. If you look at the pictures on a large monitor, the flaws become obvious.

The macro capabilities of the iPhone do not provide the precision or quality required for such images. Nevertheless, such pictures are quite suitable for viewing on the screen of a smartphone and tablet, as well as for social networks.

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