200 megapixel cell phone cameras are going to be a reality very soon. Samsung, Motorola and even iPhone want them, but for what?
It is true that the higher the number of megapixels in a camera, the better photos we will get. But 200 megapixels seemed like a distant future that is closer now. According to a report by ETNews, it seems that the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra will have a camera with these features. That’s a lot of pixels! But Samsung is not alone in this race for mega cameras. Motorola has already tried it with the Motorola X30 Pro, and Apple, devoted to 12-megapixel cameras, could include a 48-megapixel one in the iPhone 14 that will be presented on September 7. The secret here is that it’s not just big resolution numbers, but with more pixels comes better image quality. This part is about grouping pixels.
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Samsung is probably a pioneer because it already has a 108-megapixel camera. But taking super-high-resolution photos isn’t its goal, rather it’s combining individual pixels, grouped four by four or two by two.
What is this for?
With this cameras technology is taken to a new level. The pixels of just 0.64μm on Samsung’s 200-megapixel sensor are relatively small. Placing 16 of them together results in 2.56 μm pixels. Indeed, what the larger pixels achieve is to collect more light and thus achieve clearer images. In the end, the image ends up being only 12 megapixels, so the risk of filling your phone with heavier images that are 200 megapixels dissolves. So far everything seems great, but there is still a problem. These types of 200-megapixel cameras will, for now, only be available on the more expensive models from Samsung or Apple. It would be the S23 Ultra and the Pro of the iPhone 14 range. The rest of us will have to settle for 12 or 50 megapixels, until this technology reaches the most basic models of the manufacturing companies.
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