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OmniVision makes 1080p video chats possible with a new front-facing camera module for mobile

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OmniVision makes 1080p video chats possible with a new front-facing camera module for mobile
OmniVision keeps pushing the envelope in mobile camera modules. After revealing a 16MP smartphone sensor capable of 4K2K video to go into production in the fourth quarter, now it is introducing the OV2722.

This one takes care of the front-facing camera, because what's the point of having a rear camera that can record with 3840 x 2160 definition, if you your front cam can't muster 1920 x 1080 - the current standard for higher-end smartphones' main cameras.

Should come in pretty handy for all those IM programs, more so that it is back-illuminated, reducing the oh-so-familiar noisy and grainy feeds we are accustomed to in video chats. It is less than 3mm thick, and backwards compatible with the existing pin connectors, so manufacturers can just pop it in for their upcoming handsets or tablets, as it is already in mass production.

source: OV

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posted on 30 May 2012, 03:53 2

1. mss1988 (Posts: 30; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


I don't really understand who needs 1080p video chat on mobile device?! :-O

posted on 30 May 2012, 05:57 2

2. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Just yet another thing to brag about. Why the hell would want to chat with other person in 1080p in mobile phones. I do video chatting in my laptop and for me 720p is sufficient to chat, so there is really no practical need for 1080p in mobile phones where the maximum resolution of the phone is limited to 720p

posted on 30 May 2012, 18:21

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


The connection will struggle too.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 05:39

12. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


yeah, will struggle when it is on 3G and for some times even on LTE but with Wifi n no chance at all..!!

posted on 30 May 2012, 07:47

3. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Didn't the BBPlaybook have 1080p on the front facing camera right from the start.... or am I mistaken?

posted on 30 May 2012, 10:57

7. downphoenix (Posts: 2357; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


It did, had a 3MP front sensor.

posted on 30 May 2012, 08:12

4. Captain_Doug (Posts: 760; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Yeah. 720P is good enough. What kills it is that a it's only 30fps.

posted on 30 May 2012, 08:43

5. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)


Seeing as the human eye considers 30 fps to be smooth, I don't see how fps kills it.

posted on 31 May 2012, 07:47

11. Captain_Doug (Posts: 760; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I must not know as much as I thought I did about cameras. What makes the image seem so shaky if not frame rate?

posted on 30 May 2012, 10:22

6. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 367; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


I will say better to improve the image stabilization, then everything else comes after

posted on 30 May 2012, 14:03

8. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Why are we complaining about enhancements?!

posted on 30 May 2012, 18:47

10. E.N. (Posts: 2336; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


My thoughts exactly.

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