OmniVision intros 16MP smartphone module with Quad Full High Definition video capture

OmniVision intros 16MP smartphone module with Quad Full High Definition video capture
Just when we thought Full HD 1080p video on a smartphone is more than enough for everyone's daily needs, OmniVision broke another barrier. The company announced the 16MP OV16820 and OV16825 sensors, both capable of full-resolution burst mode pics, RAW image output, and... hold on - 4K2K video capture, or the so-called Quad Full High Definition (QFHD) video at 60fps.

The OV16285 is what interests us most, as this module will come in a die form for entering high-end smartphones, whereas the OV16820 is built in a ceramic grid array, and destined for DSLRs.

At 1/2.3-inch, the OV16820 and OV16825 image sensors are not as big as those on the Nokia 808 PureView and on the Nokia N8, but they are brimful of functions for that matter, and capable of operating in full resolution (4608 x 3456) video at 30 FPS, 4K2K (3840 x 2160) video at 60 FPS, and 1080p HD video at 60 FPS with extra pixels for electronic image stabilization (EIS). Here's the nitty-gritty of the specs:

Both sensors will enter mass production in the fourth quarter of the year, so we keep our hopes high to see them in handsets introduced at CES 2013, or maybe even for the holidays. ARM Cortex-A15 with OmniVision's 16MP QFHD sensor taking 60fps video sounds like the next combo to put us in the proverbial limbo over which smartphone to wait for before we pull the buying trigger. 

source: OmniVision

OmniVision Launches 16-Megapixel CameraChip™ Sensors For DSC/DVC and High-End Smartphone Applications

OV16820 and OV16825 Provide 16-Megapixel Burst Photography, Support Emerging 4K2K Standard in High Resolution Recording

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OVTI), a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced the OV16820 and OV16825, two 16-megapixel CameraChip sensors that support 16-megapixel burst photography and can capture 4K2K video, or Quad Full High Definition (QFHD), at 60 frames per second (FPS). Built on the high-performance 1.34-micron OmniBSI-2™ pixel architecture, the OV16820 and OV16825 were developed by OmniVision to support emerging standards in high-resolution video recording for the digital still and video camera (DSC/DVC) markets and the high-end smartphone market, respectively.

“It was an industry-wide assumption that smartphones would cut into DSC/DVC sales; but at higher resolutions, we’re seeing a very distinct divide between the two markets and both remain strong,” said Devang Patel, senior product marketing manager at OmniVision. “Industry experts have observed that mainstream DSC products are shifting to 16-megapixel resolutions and are offering improved image quality and optics. The OV16820 supports such offerings, allowing DSC/DVC manufacturers to provide consumers a high-resolution, feature-rich point and shoot photography experience, while the OV16825 provides top-tier imaging and video recording capabilities for flagship smartphones.”

The 1/2.3-inch OV16820 and OV16825 image sensors are capable of operating in full resolution (4608 x 3456) video at 30 FPS, 4K2K (3840 x 2160) video at 60 FPS, and 1080p HD video at 60 FPS with extra pixels for electronic image stabilization (EIS). Additionally, the sensors enable full resolution 16-megapixel burst photography, a critical feature for DSC applications. All required image processing functions, including defective pixel and noise canceling, RAW scaling, image size, frame rate, exposure, gain, cropping and orientation are programmable through the serial camera control bus (SCCB) interface.

The sensors are offered with industry-standard connectivity, including up to 8-lane MIPI and LVDS output interfaces for high data transfer rates. The OV16820 is available for sampling in a ceramic land grid array (CLGA) package while the OV16825 will be available in die form (RW/COB). Both are expected to enter volume production by the fourth quarter of 2012.

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13 Comments

1. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

"ARM Cortex-A15 with OmniVision's 16MP QFHD sensor taking 60fps video sounds like the next combo to put us in the proverbial limbo over which smartphone to wait for before we pull the buying trigger. " You forgot the non-removable battery, non-expandable memory, and micro-sim.

8. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Come on guys? :) What's with the thumbs down!? :p Well it's just that some of the flagships were doing this. Like the HTC One X and Xperia S. And I think it's robbing away some of the flexibility.

13. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

It will be a stupid android flagship.. lol..

2. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

we'll need 1TB internal memory to store those videos...

3. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

Good technology. Might be useful for PureView someday.

11. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

PureView = Carl Zeiss

4. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

And to watch the videos in full resolution (QFHD) you have to buy a 4K TV for 10K Dollar.

10. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

true, you cant tell the difference b/w 720p and 1080p on a phone, let alone QFHD

5. rg987

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

we wud b having those modules in high end smartphones in 2013 holidays season..........and no earlier than that

6. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

whats the point of full high definition video capture if your audio sucks as hell... 1080p@30fps + Nokia Rich Recording is still my choice...

12. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Mine too bro..!!

7. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

With the new iPad, recording 1080P at 30fps, I am at half a GIG for 4 minutes (plus or minus). Trying to post that fat file anywhere is a real pain without making it smaller in someway first, which adds even more pain. Now times that by four ... yuck yuck yuck yuck. The NAND companies I am sure however love this.

9. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Soo looking forward to seeing what kind of device comes out with this image sensor, especially if/when paired with a Cortex A15 processor (specifically the Exynos 5 Dual).

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