updated 10:40 am EST, Tue November 9, 2010
OmniVision OV8820 gives 8MP CMOS to smartphones
OmniVision this morning unveiled a new camera sensor that could improve the image quality for the iPhone and other smartphones. The OV8820 upgrades to an eight-megapixel, CMOS-based sensor that can capture well in low light and boasts electronic stabilization to minimize shake. Video is now more of a focus as well, Omnivision said: it can record at 1080p30 or 720p60 with hardware scaling and a minimum amount of the "tower of jello" rolling shutter effect that can creep up in this format.
The sensor can process the full eight-megapixel shot at 24 frames per second (30 frames per second in six-megapixel widescreen) for continuous still photos if the phone itself can handle the load. OmniVision continues to support autofocusing, RAW images and live image processing that reduces the number of visual artifacts.
Companies are getting test samples starting from today, with mass production starting in March.
OmniVision doesn't discuss deals with partners but may be lining up the OV8820 for the iPhone 5. The parts supplier has provided sensors for every iPhone model so far and usually gives Apple components that improve the low light and image accuracy without consuming more space.