Samsung targets 2025 for human-eye-beating 576 MP camera sensor
For those who think 108 MP and 200 MP camera sensors are excessive for a smartphone, 576 MP is going to seem like unrestrained extravagance. However, it appears that’s exactly what Samsung has got in its playbook for 2025, at least in terms of sensor size development. While some outlets have reported that this huge camera could be heading for smartphones, it seems more likely it will end up in something else, at least at the beginning.
The 576 MP sensor plans were revealed in a slide that was shown by Haechang Lee, Samsung’s Senior VP and Head of Automotive Sensors, at a presentation held at a systems summit organized by SEMI (Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International). The slide (see below) depicts Samsung’s sensor resolution progress from 2000 up to 2021, or from 0.3 MP to 108 MP. Then there’s a break in the chart's directional arrow, followed by “2025”, “575 MP”, and a picture of a human eye.
Back in 2020, Samsung discussed how producing a 600 MP camera sensor was one of its aims, with an official editorial opining that this would go beyond the 500 MP resolution at which human eyes view the world. This recent information refines that 600 MP goal to 576 MP and even puts a target date of 2025 on it. However, don’t expect a 576 MP main camera to make an appearance on a Galaxy S25 smartphone, as the giant sensors are more likely planned for use in future self-driving cars.