OmniVision announces new 16MP camera sensor with PDAF and zHDR support


OmniVision has just announced its new 1.12-micron camera sensor featuring PureCel Plus-S pixel architecture. Carrying model number OV16B10, the new sensor feature extremely high-sensitivity imaging and phase-detection autofocus (PDAF), and is aimed at smartphones with either single- or dual-camera setups.

According to OmniVision, the 16-megapixel OV16B10 sensor is designed for flagship smartphones. The sensor has a built-in feature that syncs the frames and supports context switching when it's used in dual-camera setups, supporting image fusion.

Aside from the fact that it can take 16-megapixel images, the sensor allows users to shoot video at 30 frames per second (FPS) with zHDR. The latter stands for “zigzag high dynamic range,” a technology that is meant to extend the dynamic range capabilities of the sensor by using a long and short exposure in a single frame.

zHDR has increased dynamic range with minimum ghosting artifacts in comparison with the traditional HDR techniques, which allows it to provide users with live previews and video recording in HDR mode, as well as single-shot, full-res HDR images in capture mode without shutter lag.

Lastly, the OmniVision OV16B10 sensor can shoot 4K video at 60fps, as well as 1080p video and 720p at 120fps. The camera sensor is now available for sampling, but it won't be commercially released until Q4 2017.

source: OmniVision

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6 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

zHDR... Wow, I'm impressed!

5. sachouba

Posts: 266; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Isn't it the same technology as what Samsung has been using since the Galaxy S5? As far as I know, the S5 (and newer Galaxy S) is able to take HDR pictures in a single frame (which makes it impossible to have bad HDR stitching) with live preview too.

2. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Could the V30 be in line for this beauty?

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I believe LG uses Sony sensors in their cameras. I know Apple uses Omnivision in their cameras though.

4. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Since when did Apple make the switch? I know them as Sony fans for a long time.

6. josephnero

Posts: 779; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

apple exclusively uses Sony sensors

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