OmniVision intros 16MP smartphone module with Quad Full High Definition video capture
OmniVision Launches 16-Megapixel CameraChip™ Sensors For DSC/DVC and High-End Smartphone Applications
OV16820 and OV16825 Provide 16-Megapixel Burst Photography, Support Emerging 4K2K Standard in High Resolution Recording
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OVTI), a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced the OV16820 and OV16825, two 16-megapixel CameraChip sensors that support 16-megapixel burst photography and can capture 4K2K video, or Quad Full High Definition (QFHD), at 60 frames per second (FPS). Built on the high-performance 1.34-micron OmniBSI-2™ pixel architecture, the OV16820 and OV16825 were developed by OmniVision to support emerging standards in high-resolution video recording for the digital still and video camera (DSC/DVC) markets and the high-end smartphone market, respectively.
“It was an industry-wide assumption that smartphones would cut into DSC/DVC sales; but at higher resolutions, we’re seeing a very distinct divide between the two markets and both remain strong,” said Devang Patel, senior product marketing manager at OmniVision. “Industry experts have observed that mainstream DSC products are shifting to 16-megapixel resolutions and are offering improved image quality and optics. The OV16820 supports such offerings, allowing DSC/DVC manufacturers to provide consumers a high-resolution, feature-rich point and shoot photography experience, while the OV16825 provides top-tier imaging and video recording capabilities for flagship smartphones.”
The 1/2.3-inch OV16820 and OV16825 image sensors are 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). Additionally, the sensors enable full resolution 16-megapixel burst photography, a critical feature for DSC applications. All required image processing functions, including defective pixel and noise canceling, RAW scaling, image size, frame rate, exposure, gain, cropping and orientation are programmable through the serial camera control bus (SCCB) interface.
The sensors are offered with industry-standard connectivity, including up to 8-lane MIPI and LVDS output interfaces for high data transfer rates. The OV16820 is available for sampling in a ceramic land grid array (CLGA) package while the OV16825 will be available in die form (RW/COB). Both are expected to enter volume production by the fourth quarter of 2012.
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.
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.
13. preetmalhotra (Posts: 77; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
It will be a stupid android flagship..
2. raunak (Posts: 505; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)
we'll need 1TB internal memory to store those videos...
3. steelicon (Posts: 313; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)
Good technology. Might be useful for PureView someday.
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.
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
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
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...
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.
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).