OmniVision OV12825 Sensor Brings 1080p/RAW To Cellphones - HotHardware
OmniVision OV12825 Sensor Brings 1080p/RAW To Cellphones

OmniVision OV12825 Sensor Brings 1080p/RAW To Cellphones

The megapixel race came to the cameraphone world months (even years) ago, and while the "race" has somewhat subsided, there's no question that optics are still a huge deal. OmniVision has been a major player in cameraphone optics, and this week they're introducing a high-end 12.6-megapixel mobile sensor with 1080p/60 HD video. And electronic image stabilization, which isn't easy to find on cellphones. And did we mention that it's capable of capturing images in RAW? It is!

The OV12825is easily one of the wildest cameraphone sensors in recent memory, and while we can't really imagine the kind of processing power needed to shoot RAW on a camera with next to no lag, we're sure the dual-core phones on the horizon will be capable of handling it. The new OV12825 is built on OmniVision's 1.4-micron OmniBSI pixel architecture, enabling best-in-class pixel performance and low-light sensitivity of 650 mV/(lux-sec). The sensor's binning capability further increases sensitivity in 1080p HD video mode at 60 FPS, while still providing additional pixels for EIS – a feature not available in the majority of 12-megapixel mobile sensors currently on the market. These capabilities allow the OV12825 to achieve remarkable digital still and video camera (DSC/DVC) performance and quality levels required by today's high-end camera phone applications.


The OV12825 has an active array of 4,224 x 3,000 OmniBSI pixels operating at 15 FPS in full resolution. It is offered with industry-standard connectivity including 4-lane MIPI, LVDS and DVP interfaces. The sensor is currently available for sampling, and volume production is expected to begin by the second quarter of 2011. Hopefully, that means it'll show up in phones by year-end.
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This opens up a while new world to more professional photo/video editing apps! I don't know how much you could really do with a photo/video that size on a phone/tablet though, some pics I edit hang up my laptop. This is awesome thought, it completely cuts out point and shoot cameras depending on it's zoom capabilities.

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Hmm... I wonder how much battery life this system eats up. I really wish someone would come up with a safe battery solution that has a better power density then were currently have rather than working on the camera which is of course useless if you have no juice.

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Nice for cameras and phones. I will say the camera in my next smart phone is definitely a consideration for me. Not to mention that of course dual core phones are here, from what I have hear the Nvidia tegra quad core will be here before much longer. I have even heard late this year.

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Thank you for finally giving us the ability to take RAW images on smartphones. The photo guy inside me is truly envious. (I imagine the flash memory is going to have to be respectfully large to contain all those RAW images.)

Though I have concerns about the battery life, I can't wait for this to be implemented on some smartphone; I mean just imagine the possibilities this thing could have.

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Now this is what i just like about HH yep can get pretty excited about getting my hands on one of these someday.Got myself a CM Choix Power Fort to recharge portable devices &how i got by without one previously IDK but this would be just great esp if has some pretty useful Zoom capability wooo -hooo !

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That is fantastic, I was hoping this was on the horizon. RAW is rumored to be introduced to the 5D/7D line as well by the end of this year (for video of course) and I think their partnership with Technicolor will lead to some awesome proprietary grading software.

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