OmniVision announced a new imaging sensor OV12890 for smartphones which is said to bringing high quality slow motion videos. While the current flagship devices come with cameras that support only upto 60fps (frames per second) slow motion videos at Full HD resolution while the HD resolution videos can reach upto 240 fps. There are only a few high-end camera centric devices like GoPro that offers 120fps slo-mo Full HD videos. But OmniVision claims its new 12MP OV12890 sensor can record slow motion videos upto 120fps.
James Liu, Senior Technical Marketing Manager at OmniVision, said,
“As cameras for premium smartphones continue to improve, we see the resolution race slowing down and increasing emphasis placed on pixel performance and image sensor size as key to ever-higher quality mobile images and video. The OV12890 is our newest big-pixel stacked die image sensor for the mobile market, and represents one of our strongest offerings for premium smartphones. The feature-rich OV12890 captures exceptional images and video in a compact package, making it a top-flight imaging solution for flagship mobile devices.”
Apart from Full HD resolution, it can also record slow motion videos at 4K and 2K resolutions at 45fps and 60fps respectively. It is built on OmniVision’s PureCel Plus-S technology which offers improved sensitivity and signal-to-noise ratio. Such a high-resolution slow-motion videos at higher frame rates is possible due t use of D-PHY and C-PHY interfaces. Along with the OV12890 sensor, the smartphones also high-end processor and highspeed storage to take care of all this true power of this new sensor. It can be fitted into any camera module measuring 10 x 10 x 6 mm.
The new 12MP sensor features a massive 1.55um pixel size that can capture better images in the low-light conditions. It has a 12-bit ADC Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF), and HDR support.
As of now, the OV12890 sensor is available for sampling and the production is expected to start by the end of this year. So we can only the smartphones with this new sensor only in 2017 that too will be limited to high-end devices.