OmniVision’s new smartphone sensor can shoot 16MP photos at 45FPS

Dec 31, 2015

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

OmniVision’s new smartphone sensor can shoot 16MP photos at 45FPS

Dec 31, 2015

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

Join the Discussion

Share on:

OmniVision_Sensor_1

Get ready. Smartphone cameras are about to get a whole lot faster.

Today, OmniVision Technologies Inc. has announced its latest imaging sensor, a 16-megapixel 1/2.4-inch module capable of capturing full resolution photos at a blazing 45 frames per second.

The new sensor, officially called OV16860, is the first image sensor built on OmniVision’s new PureCel Plus-S architecture, which offers larger 1.3-micron pixels, 33% higher pixel saturation levels and a 40% increase in low-light performance compared to the previous generation.

In terms of image quality, the 16-megapixel sensor is capable of capturing photos at 45 frames per second, 4K and 2K video at 60 frames per second and 1080p video at 120 frames per second.

Diagram of the sensor's construction.
Diagram of the sensor’s construction.

Despite being more powerful than its predecessors, it uses 40% less battery power, a huge benefit considering cameras are oftentimes a major drain on smartphones. Also, in addition to smartphones, OmniVision expects this sensor to make its way into action cams as well.

Apple or GoPro won’t be using these modules — both rely almost solely on Sony — but there’s a good chance we’ll see them in other mainstream options not too far off. OmniVision says production will start ‘before the end of the year’, an unusual phrase considering they released the information on the last day of 2015.

Filed Under:

Tagged With:

Find this interesting? Share it with your friends!

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

Join the Discussion

DIYP Comment Policy
Be nice, be on-topic, no personal information or flames.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *