New 13-megapixel, 4K-capable image sensor announced by OmniVision

New 13-megapixel, 4K-capable image sensor announced by OmniVision
OmniVision, the California-based company that has a sоlid record of supplying the leading smartphone manufacturers with image sensors, has just unveiled its newest one – the 13 megapixel PureCel OV13850. It is designed for high-end tablets and smartphones. OmniVision boasts that the performance of their new product in low-light conditions is the best in its class. The PureCel technology, found in OV13850, uses innovative pixel technology in order to recreate realistic photon conversion and light sensitivity while using as little power as possible, which allegedly provides unmatched power efficiency.

The sensor features an active array of 4224 by 3136 pixels which equals exactly to 13.2-megapixels. The single most defining feature of the OV13850 is its capability of recording 4K (ultraHD) video at 30 frames per second. It can also make a seamless transition between video recording mode and still image mode. The OV13850 sensor, which size is 1/3.06-inch, also allows 1080p video recording at 60fps with the option to record HDR (high dynamic range) videos at 30fps. All of these imaging capabilities are neatly packed in a 8.5x8.5.x5mm module.

"Industry analysts predict 13-megapixel to be the fastest growing resolution within primary cameras for mobile devices in 2014, with the potential to reach sales of more than 330 million units in 2014. This anticipation stems from smartphone manufacturers' push to upgrade box specifications for high-end smartphones to support capture of higher resolution images and HD videos," said product manager Harish Iyer. He also implied, that the company's customers will be tempted to replace their 8-megapixel devices with 13-megapixel ones without increasing the overall cost or sacrificing end-user experience. The manager also expects the OV13850 sensor to be one of the most competitive options for the next generation of smartphones and tablets.

source: OmniVision via DigiTimes



1. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

The problem in recording 4K is to save 4k frame in 30 frames per second, you need powerful CPU and not powerful sensor, that's why 13mp sensor it's not enough, I'm right?

3. tomn1ce

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

I believe that the Snapdragon 800 supports 4K recording/viewing! I'm pretty sure that the next generation S800 cpu will do a heck of a better job at it as well.

9. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

The S800 on the Note 3 can record 4K videos at 30fps and 1080p at 60fps and finally slowmotion 120fps at 720p unlike the 5s which is in real 480p resized to 720

2. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Other companies are also up with their sensors, the likes of Samsung

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Since Motorola was one of the first companies to use there clearpixel cameras. I hope they improve the camera quality and make it faster. So you can do slow motion with it.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Or I should say more frames per second.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

How about 240 frames per second. That would be really cool for some slow motion video shots

7. crazymonkey05

Posts: 189; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

People don't take into consideration the amount of storage that 4k will need and not to mention the speed of the storage I highly doubt a class 10 SD card will be fast enough to record 4k resolution. So they will hopefully incorperate a nice compression method

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yea, we need HEVC/H.265 for 4K

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