OmniVision launched the OV4688, a 4-megapixel CameraChip sensor in a native 16:9 high definition (HD) format, designed to deliver “ultra high quality, fast frame rate HD video and photography for mobile applications.” Built on a new 2-micron OmniBSI-2 pixel, the sensor offers increased low-light sensitivity along with high dynamic range, and can capture full-resolution video and photography at 90 fps with zero shutter lag.
Here are the highlights (from the press release):
The 1/3-inch low-power OV4688 captures full-resolution 4-megapixel HD video at 90 FPS, 1080p HD at 120 FPS with electronic image stabilization (EIS), and 720p HD at 180 FPS. The sensor’s fast frame rate enables additional key features, including full-resolution continuous frame capture or burst photography where multiple frames are captured in rapid succession, and recording high-quality slow-motion videos, providing end-users with an extremely dynamic video-capture experience using common mobile devices.
The OV4688 features a high-speed 4-lane MIPI serial output interface to facilitate the required high data transfer rate and fits into an 8.5 x 8.5 mm module with a z-height of less than 6 mm. It is currently being sampled and is expected to enter mass production in the second quarter of 2013.
Unfortunately (or not – depending how you look at it), OmniVision didn’t mention any partners in its press release and we’re not sure when this new sensor will be integrated into modern smartphones. As soon as we hear something new, we’ll let you know. Stay tuned in the meantime…