OmniVision reveals details about the Motorola Moto X camera

OmniVision reveals details about the Motorola Moto X camera
We already know quite a lot about the camera inside the Motorola Moto X. We've shown you the tech that is behind it and the quality of the photos it can produce. But having a little more detailed technical info won't hurt, would it? Meet the OV10820 by OmniVision – the camera module outfitted in Moto's latest handset. 

What's so special about it, you ask? Well, that it has a 10.5MP sensor with native 16:9 aspect ratio is something you might have already heard of. That it has a new RGBC color filter for improved light capturing is another detail we discussed not long ago. What you may not know, on the other hand, is that OmniVision's solution comes with a OV660 companion chip for image processing. Basically, it takes the RGBC information captured by the sensor and outputs standard RGB Bayer data that can then be used to create the actual image in digital file format. 

The sensor itself is 1/2.6-inch in size, with 1.4-micron BSI pixels for even better low-light imagery. Digging further into details, the OV10820 is technically capable of recording 4K2K video at resolution of 3840 by 2160 pixels while maintaining a full field of view at a rate of 30 frames per second. That doesn't mean, however, that the Motorola Moto X can capture video beyond 1080p, although its camera module is capable of doing so.

The OmniVision OV10820 is making its debut in the Motorola Moto X, but seeing it under the hoods of other handsets isn't out of the question. It is currently being produced in volume, along with the OV660 companion chip.

source: OmniVision (PDF) via Engadget

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Moto X
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 10 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2200 mAh(13h talk time)



1. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

Nice phone, nice camera, love the colors, no brainer price.

6. Red-Pain

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

This is the best description i have read about this device. You got my like :D

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Motorola Moto X can capture video beyond 1080p, that's great for a wonderful perfect phone.

3. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

4. alexfiran

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

the price is so wrong! how can you demand 700 $ for a moto x off contract? nokia lumia 1020 has the exact same price off contract lool. this shoud've been a variant of the nexus lineup.

7. Red-Pain

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

actually the lumia 1020 is 600$ off contract (or so i have read), plus i also read that calculations lead to a 579$ price for the Moto X not 700$ which is nevertheless insane

5. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

nice phone moto

8. SpeakYourMind

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

Such a nice/feature filled video sensor, why not to complement with a 1080P screen??? Ah Moto???

10. lifebeyondearth

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

1. your eyes cannot differentiate b/w 720p and 1080p 2. 1080p drains your battery faster

9. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Well that explains the extra thickness. The iPhone 5 has a 1/3.2 inch sensor and the Samsung Galaxy S 4 has 1/3.6 inch sensor. I forget the size of the sensor on the HTC one but I think it is 1/3.2 inch (someone tell me please) but the HTC One is interesting. For it to be a 4 megapixel camera, it captures some impressive detail. I mean it is not going to help much with the resolve because the iPhone and SGS4 out perform it but if HTC goes with a sensor size of 1/2.6 inches and manages to keep the pixel size in between 1.7 to 2.2 microns, and adding resolve to about 8 megapixels, we will have a cellphone with a camera that has the best per pixel performance... The HTC One already isn't a bad performer, its just the resolution doesn't help. Another issue is HTC's image processing...too much noise suppression combating the over sharpening. I don't think that grain levels are that bad to have such strong noise suppression. They also need to balance their sharpness levels as well as dynamic range.

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