OmniVision brings 5MP BSI low light cameras to affordable devices

OmniVision brings 5MP BSI low light cameras to affordable devices
Android has been the champion in eroding feature phones market share, but usually affordable devices all come with one big downside - a sub-par camera. That’s about to change with Omnivision’s new 5-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) sensor.

Dubbed the OV5645 targets affordable smartphones and still delivers good low light performance, plus it is compatible with most baseband chips and allows for a secondary front camera.

The new affordable sensor is available for sampling now and will kick off mass production in the first quarter of 2013.

The new OV5645 is built using 1.4-micron OmniBSI pixel architecture. It records 720p high definition video at 60 frames per second and 1080p at 30 fps, allowing user control on formatting and output data transfer.

Here are some more details about how the sensor works its magic:
The sensor's 720p HD video is captured in full field-of-view (FOV) with 2 x 2 binning, which doubles the sensitivity and improves the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Additionally, a unique post-binning, re-sampling filter function removes zigzag artifacts around slant edges and minimizes spatial artifacts to deliver even sharper, crisper color images.

source: OmniVision

OmniVision brings 5MP BSI low light cameras to affordable devices



1. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Well, 5 MP cameras in phones are now so passe'

2. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

8 MP is the sweet spot for the smartphone cameras... I will be happy if they bring 8 mp bsi low light cameras to affordable devices

3. ksmith24

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Very good information thanks a lot for sharing with us. mba online

4. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

60fps?! thats amazing!

5. cretinick

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

If it really have good quality image, even in low light... I can live with 5MP... Image quality > Image size. 5 MP = 5" x 7″ = 12,7 cm x 17,8 cm. With the best resolution possible. But you can make it bigger without too much loss...

6. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

The Xperia on the photo looks fake to me...

7. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

hmm how is the girl using xperia s with 5 mp..

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