OmniVision makes 1080p video chats possible with a new front-facing camera module for mobile

OmniVision makes 1080p video chats possible with a new front-facing camera module for mobile
OmniVision keeps pushing the envelope in mobile camera modules. After revealing a 16MP smartphone sensor capable of 4K2K video to go into production in the fourth quarter, now it is introducing the OV2722.

This one takes care of the front-facing camera, because what's the point of having a rear camera that can record with 3840 x 2160 definition, if you your front cam can't muster 1920 x 1080 - the current standard for higher-end smartphones' main cameras.

Should come in pretty handy for all those IM programs, more so that it is back-illuminated, reducing the oh-so-familiar noisy and grainy feeds we are accustomed to in video chats. It is less than 3mm thick, and backwards compatible with the existing pin connectors, so manufacturers can just pop it in for their upcoming handsets or tablets, as it is already in mass production.

source: OV

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12 Comments

1. mss1988

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I don't really understand who needs 1080p video chat on mobile device?! :-O

2. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Just yet another thing to brag about. Why the hell would want to chat with other person in 1080p in mobile phones. I do video chatting in my laptop and for me 720p is sufficient to chat, so there is really no practical need for 1080p in mobile phones where the maximum resolution of the phone is limited to 720p

9. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

The connection will struggle too.

12. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

yeah, will struggle when it is on 3G and for some times even on LTE but with Wifi n no chance at all..!!

3. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Didn't the BBPlaybook have 1080p on the front facing camera right from the start.... or am I mistaken?

7. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

It did, had a 3MP front sensor.

4. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Yeah. 720P is good enough. What kills it is that a it's only 30fps.

5. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

Seeing as the human eye considers 30 fps to be smooth, I don't see how fps kills it.

11. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I must not know as much as I thought I did about cameras. What makes the image seem so shaky if not frame rate?

6. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

I will say better to improve the image stabilization, then everything else comes after

8. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Why are we complaining about enhancements?!

10. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

My thoughts exactly.

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