OmniVision Launches 16MP PureCel Plus-S Sensor for Smartphones and Action Cams
OminVision Technologies, a developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, launched the OV16860 on Monday. The company said the new 16-megapixel PureCel Plus-S image sensor utilizes its larger 1.3-micron pixel to enable users to shoot professional grade images and have access to advanced features.
Compared to previous generation OmniVision 16MP sensors, the OV16860 delivers “improved low-light performance and faster readout architecture” with the use of the larger 1.3-micron pixel, the company said. That enables full res recording at 45 frames per second. Further, the sensor supports advanced features like HDR, phase detection autofocus, and slow motion video recording. All of those features combined make it an ideal camera for high-end smartphones and action cameras, according to OmniVision.
"Industry reports forecast continued growth in the 13‑ to 16‑megapixel resolution segment in 2016 and beyond, attributable to what is expected to be rapid adoption of 16-megapixel resolution in high-end smartphones starting in 2016. The action camera segment with similar camera resolution is also expected to grow quickly through 20191," James Liu, senior technical marketing manager at OmniVision, said in a statement. "The OV16860's faster frame rate aligns perfectly with the feature set requirement of high-end smartphones and rugged action cameras for operating in high resolution and high frame rate modes."