OmniVision unveils 12.6MP phone sensor capable of 60fps 1080p video capture

OmniVision unveils 12.6MP phone sensor capable of 60fps 1080p video capture

OmniVision is the name behind theamazing camera on the iPhone 4 and this announcement of the company's12.6-megapixel camera phone sensor capable of delivering 60fps 1080pvideo might have you checking your calendar in anticipation. Whilerecent rumors suggested that Apple might switch to Sony for the camera on the upcoming iPhone 5, we haven't heard aconfirmation.

So if the new iPhone packs an OmniVision camera,this could be a match made in heaven as the caliber of this one here is exceptional – it's a raw CMOS imagesensor tailor-made for mobile use. The new OV12825 sensor comes withelectronic image stabilization and backside illuminationarchitecture. In addition, you get a better low-light sensitivity andfast performance. Stills can be captured with a resolution of up to4224x3000 and a speed of 15fps.

Any chance for this appearing in theiPhone 5? Not as low as you might think – the sensor is ready fortesting and mass production could start this spring. With rumorsof a later release of the next-gen iPhone, could we see Applechange everything again? Sound off in the comments below!

source: OmniVision via Electronista



18. Dojob unregistered

During, if I'm not mistaken 2007 there is a camera battle between the Nokia N73 vs Sony Ericsson K800. All the reviewers said that the Nokia N73 camera is not as good as Sony Ericsson K800 because Nokia produce over saturated colour photo compare to Sony.which produce natural colour. However when it's come to Apple Iphone 4 no reviewers said anything although they produce more saturated photos like Nokia N73 far from natural colour.

16. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Whatever ends up in the iPhone it'll probably continue to produce over saturated video and photos.

15. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Too bad Apple may signed a contract with Sony already. Who know? May be Samsung will take a look.

13. Bada San unregistered

Judging by the quality of pictures and movies only, the iPhone 4 is worth three to four times as much as its rivals, which, very often, outperform the iPhone's camera. Withi THIS sensor installed, I would easily bet my head that this ratio gets doubled.

12. Ahmed ra2ol unregistered

NOOOOO i will not buy an iphone if it will have 1)intel core i7 990 3.5Ghz 2)80MP camera with 1080 120fps 3)1 tera hard drive internal memory up to 1 zetabyte memory card 4)hologram screen with 4D wide angel super tripletouch sensitevity screen with 90 billions collor .......... i will not buy an i phone ever bec. of 1 thing his operating system is BAD and unproductive so why i do not go to android or WP7 bec. of games fuck games

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Well, tying this in with the Bionix cancellation that said that phone's replacement is to have a 13mpx camera... we know where this camera is headed, and its not Apple.

7. gescalona

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 04, 2011

... and the next time that you have to decide between buy an iPhone 5 or two Top phones for the same price!!!

6. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Once Apple goes for this one, Samsung would then release a phone with 13mp, 61fps, 1081p. They always release something that would have higher numbers after the iphone to make them seem look more impressive, lol.

8. mike unregistered

you are so right, i bet right after the iPhone 5 is announced, Samsung will come out saying "here is the new Galaxy S 2 mega plus turbo" like they always do... just look at the Galaxy tabs 8.9 and 10.1... shameless


Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Hey that Galaxy S II is really kicking it.

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

if this happened, it would be awesome.. even though i dont like apple, it would force sammy/htc/ect to add even bigger cameras to their phones to "one up" apple... or at least use the same so apple cant claim dominance on cameras. would it? HELL NO. Apple isnt known for making huge leaps. They take careful small steps (and pretend they are huge leaps). More than likely you will find this on one of those phones thats a "camera first" with phone features as a secondary item. There are a couple of android phones like that already.

4. samirsshah

Posts: 61; Member since: Mar 10, 2011

Raising the bar of graphics in A5 chip on iPad 2 was an awesome decision. If things work out, this sensor in iPhone 5 can do for mobile photography what high graphics is doing for mobile gaming on iPad 2. Flip died and now it is the time for point and shoot.

3. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

Would be AWESOME!!! Finally Apple would lead in the camera department. But, I agree with you that this is unlikely.

2. 504 unregistered

If I'm not mistaken Sony is making the next IPhone camera but then again information ain't what it use to be.

1. IOS5 unregistered

Say what?! If this camera comes to the iPhone 5 the other camera phone with full HD will die. But I don't think so :( might be an 8 m pixel with 1080p with 30 fps.


Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Yeah I doubt that Apple with make such a big jump. They seem to only want to give customers just enough to make do.

14. The_WB unregistered

I agree. Apple will do an incremental step this time out. Come iPhone 6, this sensor with some other "tricks" will be in place. I believe Apple is going down the pathway of making your i***** device a replacement for a Point & Shoot camera, since you take it everywhere. I would like to see some additional enhancements such as: Live Histogram, EV adjustments, F-stop control and such. Include this with a 12 MP backlit CMOS sensor, you will be light-years ahead of the other manufacturers.

17. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I don't know...the iPhone 4's antenna problem, although minor, was their first big misstep when it came to the iPhone. And technology only accelerates. I think in order for Apple to combat the stigma of the iPhone 4 and to compete with Android with one phone for an entire year, they have to make a step like this. I mean, who would have thought Retina Display would be on the iPhone 4? And in a year, there isn't a resolution higher than that. Apple has to have another big step or they will get walked on in only a few months.

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