Upcoming OmniVision Camera Sensors Will Put Galaxy Note 5’s Camera Sensor To Shame

Omar Sohail
Posted Aug 21, 2015
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OmniVision, which is regarded as the second largest smartphone camera sensor maker in the world has announced two upcoming smartphone camera sensors. The better performing one might have a maximum image capturing resolution of 13 MP, but it will still be able to put your Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 camera sensor to shame because of one primary reason.

OmniVision OV13880 Has The Capability To Record 4K Videos At An Astonishing 60 FPS

According to Unifore, both smartphone camera sensors from OmniVision will appear in handsets from 2016. While majority of high-end Android smartphones are able to capture 4K footage at an astounding 30 FPS, none of them have been able to cross that frame rate limit, until the efforts of OmniVision came in to play. The company had been confirmed to be acquired by a Chinese firm, so it is highly possible that we will see more camera sensors from this tech firm in Chinese OEM’s handsets as compared to Sony’s camera sensors.

Coming to the specifications of both OmniVision OV13880 and OmniVision OV5880, they have been detailed below:

OV13880 will have the following specifications

  • 1/2.4 inch 13 MP Stacked PureCel-S Sensor
  • 4 micron Pixels, 1/2.4 inch sensor size (same size as other 21 MP camera sensors)
  • PDAF + 240Hz two-dimensional contrast AF
  • Buried Color Filter Array (similar to Samsung’s ISOCELL technology)
  • Capable of recording 4K videos at 60 FPS, along with recording 1080p vides at 240 FPS
  • OmniVision Clear Pixel 2.0 technology (Red-Clear-Blue-Clear Color Filter Array)

OV5880 will have the following specifications

  • 1/4 inch 5 MP Stacked PureCel-S Sensor
  • 4-micron Pixels, 1/4 inch sensor size (same size as other 8 MP camera sensors)
  • PDAF + 120Hz two-dimensional contrast AF
  • Buried Color Filter Array (similar to Samsung’s ISOCELL technology)
  • Capable of recording UHD or 1440p videos at 60 FPS, along with recording 1080p vides at 120 FPS
  • Optional EIS when capturing photos/videos in 16:9 instead of 4:3
  • OmniVision Clear Pixel 2.0 technology (Red-Clear-Blue-Clear Color Filter Array)

OmniVision has not stated as to when can we see these powerful sensors in smartphones, but it looks like Sony and Samsung; the only other two companies that have a fierce rivalry with OmniVision, will be looking very closely on how to top this. After all, it is not just about megapixels anymore, it also depends on the quality of the sensor itself.

 

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