OmniVision’s New Sensor Could Bring 4K Video to Your Next Smartphone

4K video is the realm of high end cinematography gear right? Maybe not. Two new 16MP sensors announced yesterday by OmniVision may be bringing smooth 4K video technology to everything from compacts to smartphones. The sensors, which are the tiny 1/2.3-inch format, can record 4K (3840 x 2160) video at 60fps, or even higher resolution (4608 x 3456) at 30fps.

The two sensors are no less powerful in the area of still photography either, being able to capture 12-bit RAW images. Of course your phone or camera processor will have to be able to handle the load, but newer devices with beefier image processors may well be sporting the new OmniVision sensors before long. Check out the press release for all of the juicy technical details.

(via Omnivision via Engadget)

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    because 4k is necessary in a phone? apart from that, I can imagine the price for such a thing would be ridiculous, who wants to pay $$$$$ for a phone because it’ll have 4k video… not me.

  • MrRocking


  • Matt

    Very cool.  I love how fast technology is evolving, however I don’t like having to buy new gadgets every year LOL.

  • Branko


  • Oliver Lea

    Yeah cos the quality you’d get out of a 1/2.3in sensor would make 4K really worthwhile… No. Phone cameras are getting to the point where full HD is starting to look ok, but that’s taken a long time.. (my HTC Desire does 720p, and it looks..acceptable.)
    Cramming pixels onto sensors to make them better is a mugs game – we learnt this with photography, why have people not clocked that it’s the same with video?!

  • Rainer Riegler

     Well as far as I know, the Nokia Lumia has a quite big 41 Megapixel sensor, and is pretty reasonably priced. So why not a phone with such a sensor?

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    I like how you say “quite big”. :P  41MP is huge (it’s the Nokia 808 PureView by the way). The photos from it are great  but I dont know, I’m always sceptical about these things

  • will hall

    Between this and offerings in SLR’s it feels like we’re on the threshold of 4k video starting to become as available as HD currently is. The problem is I’ve yet to see even a hint of 4k monitors/screens entering the market

  • Jared Monkman

    the only thing big about that sensor is the pixel count.  it’s still a tiny sensor, with even tinier pixels