Wednesday, 23 May 2012

OmniVision intros 16MP smartphone module with Quad Full High Definition video capture


Just when we thought Full HD 1080p video on a smartphone is more than enough for everyone's daily needs, OmniVision broke another barrier. The company announced the 16MP OV16820 and OV16825 sensors, both capable of full-resolution burst mode pics, RAW image output, and... hold on - 4K2K video capture, or the so-called Quad Full High Definition (QFHD) video at 60fps.
The OV16285 is what interests us most, as this module will come in a die form for entering high-end smartphones, whereas the OV16820 is built in a ceramic grid array, and destined for DSLRs.

At 1/2.3-inch, the OV16820 and OV16825 image sensors are not as big as those on the Nokia 808 PureView and on the Nokia N8, but they are brimful of functions for that matter, and capable of operating in full resolution (4608 x 3456) video at 30 FPS, 4K2K (3840 x 2160) video at 60 FPS, and 1080p HD video at 60 FPS with extra pixels for electronic image stabilization (EIS). Here's the nitty-gritty of the specs:

OmniVision intros 16MP smartphone module with Quad Full High Definition video capture

Both sensors will enter mass production in the fourth quarter of the year, so we keep our hopes high to see them in handsets introduced at CES 2013, or maybe even for the holidays. ARM Cortex-A15 with OmniVision's 16MP QFHD sensor taking 60fps video sounds like the next combo to put us in the proverbial limbo over which smartphone to wait for before we pull the buying trigger.