4K video at super smooth 60 fps on your phone? New OmniVision sensor coming later this year makes it possible

4K video has been one of the highlights of the great improvements that have come with modern camera phones. However, up until now, you could only record 4K video at 30 fps, and we've already seen that super smooth, 60 fps video looks much better for certain cases and is a great option to have.

Luckily, a new 12-megapixel sensor by Omnivision, the O12890, brings the company's PureCelPlusS pixel technology that allows 4K video capture at 60 fps, as well as 1080p recordings at 240 fps for a super slow-motion effect that slows down action 8 times.

Keep in mind that you can also slow down 4K 60 fps video footage down to 24 fps range for a nearly 2.5 time slow motion effect, while preserving the crisp detail of 4K resolution.

The new OV12890 sensor is manufactured in a 10 x 10 mm module with a vertical height of 6 mm. The sensor is now sampling and mass productions is expected to start in the last quarter of 2016.

source: DPreview



1. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

Absolutely 0 interest in 4K 60fps. Now 1080p240 is MASSIVE as it allows an immediate 10x slowdown!!! I just hope they aren't undersampling. Kudos Omnivision.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

On the official site it says: 1080p HD (crop+bin) @ 240 fpshttp://www.ovt.com/products/category.php?id=38 So it might not be fully native 1080p But its probably noticable better than 720p Personally I'm looking forward to 4K 60fps No more chosing between higher resolution or a smooth frame rate But it would eat up storage space even faster BTW it doesn't say what framerate it can record at 720p Hopefully we get cameras that can record 720p at over 270 fps, we've been stuck on 240 fps for a few years now

6. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

That is great! Binning is much better than a simple crop and a 1:1 sampling. (crop+bin) means they crop the sensor to 4K (8MP) and then they bin 2x2 pixels to get FullHD (1080p) In theory this could provide up to a 2EV gain when compared to 1:1. :)

11. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

The sensor is only 12MP. That's about 9 MP in 16:9. To do a 2x2 bin to 4k, you need about 33 MP in 16:9. This will just bin very few bad pixels causing almost zero gain. Anyway, to get a 3dB SNR gain, or a one stop gain, you need to super sample 2x2 pixels, binning won't be as good as full readout.

12. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

1080p@240 fps is useless for now since almost no SoC supports it.

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Is that true? I thought the 820 can do 4K at 60 fps, which is the same amount of pixels per a second as 1080p at 240 fps So it may just not be advertised since there was no sensor capable of it the 823 and A10 are coming very soon anyways

16. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

823 is just a better bin of 820. It uses the same codecs, so don't expect that to do it either. A10 may have that, but won't use this sensor.

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Anything about the 823 yet A part from rumors, which dont mention much other than more cores and higher clocks, which could be higher clocked Kryo cores or improved Kryo cores If its like S4 Pro->600 or 600->800 or 801->805 Then it likely has improved Kryo cores, GPU and codecs But if its like 800->801 Then same Kryo cores, GPU and codecs Just better bin/clocks

19. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Let's just wait and see, but I don't see them doing an architecture change.

8. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

This sensor the successor to the 12860? I think Google will use this in their flagships

2. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Great !!

3. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Hope there is 480fps at 720p too

5. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

and 1000 fps at 480p :)

7. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

1080p240 is already more than enough, you can double it without sweating if you throw in some Pixel Motion. It's a shame it took ages to get here. I'd take 1080p240 over 720p480 anyday unless I was filming bullets. At 1/480s you might already be diving into lens aperture and DOF limitations, not to mention lighting. ;)

9. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Every Facking phone will now have the same sensor making it so boring.

10. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

You will still have people saying how they can tell the difference. Even if something comes after 4K. Be careful out there. They're aliens among us.

13. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

If you can't tell the difference between 30 fps and 60 fps videos, you're just lying.

15. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

If Sony can just replicate the sensor inside RX100 M4, the one with DRAM built-in, in a smartphone camera module size... Shut up and take my money.

18. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

That's basically physically impossible without increasing to over 15mm thick (e.g. the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 is 21.1mm thick) The current Sony flagship phones have 1/2.3" sensors The RX100 M4 has a 1" sensor That's just over 4x larger in area Comparison herehttp://cdn.cameradebate.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/large-sensor-vs-small-sensor.png

20. Vagabondjonez

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Who actually uses omnivision sensors? HTC used them for the m7 and the m8, but that's the last I've ever heard of a major oem using them.

21. Daniel7

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 05, 2016

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