OmniVision Releases New 24-MP Image Sensor for High-End Smartphone Cameras

October 29, 2018 Laura Dolan

OmniVision Technologies, Inc. has released its OV24B sensor family, which is its second generation 0.9 micron, 1/2.83-inch optical format 24-megapixel (MP) image sensors. The new sensor is conducive for high-resolution front- and rear-facing smartphone cameras.

It is available in four versions that can yield high-resolution streaming video in many different formats, including 24MP at 30 frames per second (fps), 4-cell binning 6MP at 60fps, 4K2K video at 60fps, 1080p video at 120fps, or 720p video at 240fps.

The four versions include:

  • OV24B1Q: 4-cell Bayer imaging; in-pixel binning for optimal sensitivity and low-light performance; and pad locations on the top and bottom of the chip to reduce module size in the x-direction.
  • OV24B2Q: 4-cell Bayer imaging; in-pixel binning; type-2, 2x2 microlens phase detection autofocus (ML PDAF), used for main cameras due to video and low-light performance.
  • OV24B1B: monochrome imaging; excellent low-light sensitivity; perfect for rear-facing multi cameras for Bokeh and zoom.
  • OV24B10: standard Bayer imaging; designed for main cameras due to high 24MP resolution, as a single camera or as part of a multi-camera arrangement for Bokeh and zoom.

“As sub-micron pixel technology continues to mature in tandem with evolving performance expectations, it is enabling extremely high-resolution imaging and multi-camera designs, which continue to be growing market trends. These trends apply to both front-facing and rear-facing smartphone cameras,” said James Liu, product marketing manager at OmniVision. “The new OV24B sensor family, with its on-chip re-mosaic, 2x2 ML PDAF, and high-speed video capability, can address the demands of these growing market trends, enabling mobile cameras to provide the very best user experience for autofocus, low-light performance, and high-resolution video and still image capture.” 

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