The era of high-pixel photography in smartphones has come. So many smartphones in the industry are currently using the 100MP (108MP) sensor. Smartphone brands like Xiaomi, Huawei, Samsung, and others use this sensor. However, in September last year, Samsung officially released the 200MP ISOCELL HP1 sensor. Now, Omnivision has officially released its 200MP camera (OVB0B) for smartphones and other mobile devices. This Omnivision camera is the world’s smallest 0.61μm pixel size 200MP resolution image sensor for the high-end smartphone market.
It has a 1/1.28 inch large bottom and a resolution of 16384 x 12288 pixels. It also has a unique 16-unit merging technology. Furthermore, this sensor provides high-quality video and preview quality in 12.5-megapixel mode, especially in low light conditions. In addition, Omnivision 200MP sensor is also the first 200MP sensor that can use QPD (four-phase detection) technology. The camera uses this feature for phase detection autofocus.
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In terms of video, Omnivision 200MP sensor (OVB0B) has the industry’s first 16-cell binning function for 4K2K video. Its sensitivity is 16 times that of similar products. In low-light environments, 4×4 pixel binning can be used to achieve 12.5-megapixel performance and 2.44 µm equivalent pixel size.
Omnivision OVBoB promises stunning output
This sensor also supports 50MP at 24 frames per second (fps) and 8K video at 30fps, with 1.22 µm equivalent performance. Furthermore, it supports triple-exposure HDR output at 12.5-megapixel photos at 30 frames per second. According to reports, this sensor supports CPHY, DPHY, and dual DOVDD (1.8V and 1.2V).
Regarding OVB0B, the company said
“Consumers want high resolution captures and high-quality preview and video. As the image sensor technology leader, we have applied our PureCel®Plus‑S stacked die technology to dramatically push mobile main cameras to a new level,” said Arun Jayaseelan, staff marketing manager at OMNIVISION. “With the new OVB0B, we now offer the industry’s highest resolution in a small package for high-end smartphones along with the best low-light performance in its class.”
Jeffrey Mathews, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics.
“The introduction of 200MP image sensor products for smartphone cameras promises to capture stunning details within images, meeting the needs of smartphone vendors who are aggressively looking to differentiate their devices with enhanced cameras that feature high-resolution image sensors. We estimate more than 40 million image sensors with 100MP+ resolution are expected to be shipped to smartphone vendors in 2022,”.
As of now, there is no information on the smartphone to launch this sensor. In fact, we don’t even have an idea of the brands that will like to use this camera. Nevertheless, samples of the OVB0B are available now.