OmniVision has announced a 12.6 MP image sensor called OV12825 for the cameras of upcoming smartphones. The newly developed sensor, will offer 12.6 megapixel resolution along with 1080p video recording on 60fps.
The OV12825 is a 12.6-megapixel RAW CMOS image sensor designed specifically for high-performance mobile applications. Offering both DSC-quality photography and full 1080p/60 high-definition (HD) video with electronic image stabilization (EIS) makes the sensor a highly attractive solution for high-end feature and smart phone manufacturers.
With a 1/2.5-inch optical format, the OV12825 utilizes OmniVision’s proven 1.4-micron OmniBSI backside illumination (BSI) pixel architecture to achieve best-in class pixel performance and low-light sensitivity of 650 mV/lux-sec. The sensor has a unique binning capability that further increases sensitivity in 1080p HD video mode at 60 frames per second (fps), while still providing additional pixels for EIS. The OV12825 has an active array of 4224 x 3000 BSI pixels operating at 15 fps in full resolution. Additional benefits of OmniBSI technology include increased quantum efficiency, reduced crosstalk and low photo response non-uniformity, which all contribute towards significant improvement in image quality and camera performance.
Though, no one has yet placed orders for this futuristic sensor, since Apple has previously been including OmniVision sensors, the windows are open. On the other hand, some early rumors with semi-strong basis suggested that Apple will be ditching OmniVision for Sony for a 8MP sensor.