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

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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. 

source: OmniVision

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posted on 23 May 2012, 02:57

1. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


"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. "

You forgot the non-removable battery, non-expandable memory, and micro-sim.

posted on 23 May 2012, 18:38

8. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Come on guys? :) What's with the thumbs down!? :p

Well it's just that some of the flagships were doing this. Like the HTC One X and Xperia S. And I think it's robbing away some of the flexibility.

posted on 31 May 2012, 07:21

13. preetmalhotra (Posts: 77; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


It will be a stupid android flagship..
lol..

posted on 23 May 2012, 02:58 11

2. raunak (Posts: 505; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


we'll need 1TB internal memory to store those videos...

posted on 23 May 2012, 03:24 1

3. steelicon (Posts: 313; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


Good technology. Might be useful for PureView someday.

posted on 31 May 2012, 07:19

11. preetmalhotra (Posts: 77; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


PureView = Carl Zeiss

posted on 23 May 2012, 03:56 5

4. tango_charlie (Posts: 87; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


And to watch the videos in full resolution (QFHD) you have to buy a 4K TV for 10K Dollar.

posted on 24 May 2012, 01:28 2

10. raunak (Posts: 505; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


true, you cant tell the difference b/w 720p and 1080p on a phone, let alone QFHD

posted on 23 May 2012, 04:04 2

5. rg987 (Posts: 130; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


we wud b having those modules in high end smartphones in 2013 holidays season..........and no earlier than that

posted on 23 May 2012, 08:56 2

6. shadez10 (Posts: 403; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


whats the point of full high definition video capture if your audio sucks as hell...

1080p@30fps + Nokia Rich Recording is still my choice...

posted on 31 May 2012, 07:20

12. preetmalhotra (Posts: 77; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Mine too bro..!!

posted on 23 May 2012, 09:39 1

7. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


With the new iPad, recording 1080P at 30fps, I am at half a GIG for 4 minutes (plus or minus). Trying to post that fat file anywhere is a real pain without making it smaller in someway first, which adds even more pain.

Now times that by four ... yuck yuck yuck yuck.

The NAND companies I am sure however love this.

posted on 23 May 2012, 18:52 1

9. skymitch89 (Posts: 1081; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


Soo looking forward to seeing what kind of device comes out with this image sensor, especially if/when paired with a Cortex A15 processor (specifically the Exynos 5 Dual).

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