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New CameraChip Sensor for Smartphone Supports 16-megapixel Photography and 4K 60 FPS Video!
Posted by Piotr, motionVFX Team
May 23, 2012, at 10:49 AM

If you are wondering if 4K would grow fast this news will dissipate all doubts.  Not only profi cameras but also smartphones will develop in this direction.

OmniVision Technologies, a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, announced the OV16820 and OV16825, two 16-megapixel CameraChip sensors are capable of operating in full resolution (4608 x 3456) video at 30 fps, 4K2K (3840 x 2160) Quad Full High Definition (QFHD) video at 60 fps. The 1/2.3-inch sensor chips support a still photos in a 16-megapixel resolution too and can handle up to 12 bit RAW RGB.

The chips can be used to build a digital still camera, a HD video camcorder and a cellular and mobile phone.

“It was an industry-wide assumption that smartphones would cut into DSC/DVC sales; but at higher resolutions, we’re seeing a very distinct divide between the two markets and both remain strong,” said Devang Patel, senior product marketing manager at OmniVision. “Industry experts have observed that mainstream DSC products are shifting to 16-megapixel resolutions and are offering improved image quality and optics.1 The OV16820 supports such offerings, allowing DSC/DVC manufacturers to provide consumers a high-resolution, feature-rich point and shoot photography experience, while the OV16825 provides top-tier imaging and video recording capabilities for flagship smartphones.”


  • OmniBSI-2™ (second generation BSI)
  • Support for image sizes: 4608 x 3456 and below
  • 16 megapixel at 30 fps
  • 4K2K at 60 fps
  • 8-lane LVDS/MIPI serial output interface
  • Two-wire serial bus control (SCCB)
  • Four-wire serial interface
  • Strobe output to control flash
  • Embedded 2048 bytes of one-time programmable (OTP) memory
  • On-chip phase lock loop (PLL)
  • Supports pixel binning, re-sampling filter
  • On-chip scalar
  • 2x2, 3x3 binning support
  • Support for output format: 10/12 bits RAW RGB and DPCM 10-8 compression
  • Capable of maintaining register values at power down
  • Programmable controls: gain, exposure, frame rate, image size, horizontal mirror, vertical flip, cropping, RAW scaling, windowing, and panning
  • Image control functions: manual exposure (MEC), manual gain control (MGC) and automatic black level calibration (ABLC)
  • Image quality controls: defect pixel correction
  • Low dark current
  • Support for black sun cancellation
  • Built-in temperature sensor


May 23, 2012
Wow, who needs RED's Dragon then?!