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OmniVision unveils the slimmest 8MP smartphone camera module OV8850

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OmniVision unveils the slimmest 8MP smartphone camera module OV8850
Aimed for future mobile gadgets of the slimmest kind, OmniVision OV8850 is made with 1.1-micron technology, unlike the previous generation's 1.4-micron. The new sensor from Apple's chief camera module supplier still allows for a full field of view in 1080p/30fps mode, and can handle HD 720p capture with 60 fps.

This one might not make it into the next iPhone, as we know OmniVision had quality assurance and production capacity problems with it a month ago, which might have forced Apple switching to alternative camera module suppliers, like Sony. The OV8850 is much slimmer than its predecessor, at 0.19" (4.7mm), so, considering that the camera module lately appears to be the thickest part of phones like the Samsung Galaxy S II, we can expect even svelter devices in the future, which the rumors for a thinner iPhone in September seem to confirm.

The new 1.1-micron sensor is packing some other geeky features as well, like "an on-chip temperature sensor, two PLLs, context switching, 4 Kbits of one-time programmable memory, lens shading correction, defective pixel cancelling, black sun elimination, and alternate row exposure for high dynamic range (HDR) video and still image capture".

It's anyone's guess if OmniVision managed to ramp up capacity enough since July for Apple to have included the OV8850 as its next iPhone camera module, but we should know soon enough if we are taking pictures with a Sony, OmniVision, or some combination in the first batches of this year's iPhone edition.

source: OmniVision via Electronista

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posted on 04 Aug 2011, 09:33 3

1. Laurynas (unregistered)


Good news. :)

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 09:49

2. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


now if they could just do something about that pinhole sized light sensor. I dont care if its a micron bigger or smaller, I care about improving the over all picture quality of the thing.

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 10:13 5

3. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 838; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


I'll take Nokia's N8 sensor any day of the week over something this small. If you want better image quality, you need a bigger sensor. End of discussion.

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 10:20 2

4. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)


what about sharp from japan with the ccd lenses they've been putting in their keitai clamshell phones for years? i'll take a bit of gurth to improve picture quality

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 11:19

5. G-Reg (unregistered)


ZzZzZz

Yay for stupid public.... Realize an image stabilizer would be soooo much better for camera phones than a couple microns more of space and 3 more mp.

But hey, if the number keeps getting bigger it has to be better!!?? right?

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 16:54

6. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


:'( sad, the camera industry will soon die like the GPS.

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 20:47

7. Leodrade (unregistered)


Does anyone know if it can handle 1080p?

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 06:16 1

9. Laurynas (unregistered)


Have you read this news? I don't think so...

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 13:34 1

10. firebo14 (Posts: 77; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


720p capture with 60 fps, now that is awesome!

Now add it for 1080p!

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