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OmniVision releases OV48C with massive 1/1.3-inch sensor size

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At the CES 2020, OmniVision has a new interesting image sensor for high-end mobile phones, the OV48C.
OmniVision releases OV48C with massive 1/1.3-inch sensor size
OV48C

The sensor to compete with high-end Samsung and Sony cameras?

The OmniVision OV48C is a 48MP image sensor designed to compete against the offerings from Samsung and Sony with larger 64MP resolutions.

How? Despite the lower 48MP resolution, it has a large 1/1.3-inch sensor size with 1.2μm pixel size. Basically, the 1/1.3-inch sensor size is one of the largest for smartphones and the 1.2μm pixel size is bigger than the 0.8μm of most 48MP sensors.

In comparison, the 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor has a smaller 1/1.7-inch sensor size. It is as big as the 1/1.3-inch of the 108MP Bright HMX sensor.

OmniVision claimed that this tech will result in high-resolution images with an excellent low light performance for smartphone cameras.

The 48MP sensor is built on the company's PureCel Plus stacked die technology with on-chip 4-cell color filter array

The sensor is also the first in the industry with on-chip dual conversion (BCFA - Buried Color Filter Array) and hardware remosaic to provide high-quality 48MP Bayer output. Let us note that regular Quad Bayer sensors have less color resolution than standard Bayer sensors.

It is also said to be the first image sensor for phones with on-chip dual conversion gain HDR to eliminate motion artifacts and produce an excellent signal-to-noise ratio. The sensor also has a staggered HDR option with on-chip combination to provide smartphone designers with the flexibility to select the ideal HDR method per scene.

For fast autofocus, it has the 4C Half Shield phase detection and up to 8K real-time video output.

In low light condition, it uses a near-pixel binning tech to output 12MP image for 4K2K video with 2.4μm equivalent. The sensor is also said to be capable of enabling digital crop zoom with 12MP resolution.

Only the slow-mo feature is not that impressive on paper with up to 360fps at 720p and 240fps at 1080p.

But overall, it has impressive specs that could compete with the photo and video quality of high-end Samsung and Sony sensors.

There's no word yet when will it be available on future phones. Let's see!

Source: OmniVision, Via: XDA
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