Samsung teases a 200MP telephoto camera sensor with 12x lossless zoom, stays mum on S24 deployment

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Samsung teases a 200MP telephoto camera sensor with 12x lossless zoom, stays mum on S24 deployment
Samsung just posted a lengthy teaser that essentially says that it wants to adapt its high-res 200MP sensors employed in the main camera of the Galaxy S23 Ultra and other phones, to telephoto cameras as well. 

Currently, the S23 Ultra employs a 10MP 3X zoom telephoto camera for portraits and nearby object magnification with f/2.4 aperture, and a 10MP 10X zoom camera with folded optics and f/4.9 aperture.

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Advantages of a 200MP telephoto camera

Samsung notes, rather rightfully, that telephoto cameras allow for superior portraits thanks to the diminished facial feature distortion and more shallow depth of field that adds bokeh effect to the background. Coupled with a crazy 200MP sensor resolution, this can create amazingly detailed portraits of people and objects and increase light sensitivity when up to 16 adjacent pixels are binned into one giant virtual pixel.

Despite the relatively short zoom range of the telephoto camera on the Galaxy S23 Ultra compared to its monster 10x periscope zoom set, Samsung notes that "on a 3x telephoto module with a 200MP sensor, lossless zoom scenarios can be run from 3x to 6x to 12x," which "means that more diverse scenes can be captured without any loss of resolution." 

Needless to say, Samsung is of the opinion that its own 200MP camera sensors will be particularly suited for said high-res lossless zoom task:

Will the Galaxy S23 Ultra get Samsung's 200MP telephoto camera?

Whether stung by Apple's release of its first iPhone 15 Pro Max handset with 5x folded optics zoom, or by the fact that companies like Oppo are matching 50MP cameras across the trio of main, ultrawide, and zoom cameras, Samsung has apparently decided to one up everybody in pure resolution count again. 

It remains to be seen how this plays out as when Samsung teases some novel camera technology or sensor we see it deployed in phones a few months later, usually in phones by Xiaomi or BBK (Vivo, Oppo, OnePlus) used as a testbed.

A Galaxy S24 Ultra with a 200MP main and 200MP telephoto camera would certainly be a giant leap forward for smartphone photography, too, and offset the iPhone 15 Pro Max lure somewhat, yet Samsung stayed mum over the exact deployment timeframe of its ultra high-res telephoto zoom camera sensor idea.

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