OmniVision, a company specializing in the image sensors for mobile phones, cameras and laptops, announced a new image sensor chip capable of recording 14.6 megapixel single images, or full 60-frames-per-second 1080p high-definition video. This is the same quality, or better, than most high-end cameras on the market today. The new chip also captures much higher light levels, creating a clearer picture and increasing image stabilization while shooting HD video.

The OV14810 is the ultimate solution for high quality point-and-shoot photography and full HD video recording, combining 14.6-megapixel photography with 1080p/60 HD video recording. The 1/2.33-inch OV14810 utilizes OmniVision's most advanced 1.4-micron OmniBSI pixel architecture to achieve optimal performance and lowlight sensitivity in the industry's smallest format. The OV14810 has an active array of 4416 x 3312 backside illumination pixels operating at 15 fps in full resolution, while delivering full 1080p HD video at 60 fps, using a binning feature to achieve higher sensitivity. In full HD video mode, the sensor also provides additional pixels used for electronic image stabilization (EIS).

The OV14810's 9° chief ray angle (CRA) optimizes it for use in DSC and DVC applications. The sensor's small form factor is largely attributable to its CSP3 packaging, allowing for the development of ultra compact cameras. The OV14810 enables camera designs with a low bill of materials and reduced power consumption. It is offered with industry-standard connectivity including LVDS, MIPI and DVP and does not require external IC components.

All required image processing functions, including exposure control, white balance, defective pixel canceling, and noise canceling are programmable through the SCCB interface. In addition, OmniVision image sensors use proprietary sensor technology to improve image quality by reducing or eliminating common lighting/electrical sources of image contamination, such as fixed pattern noise and smearing to produce a clean, fully stable color image.

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