Budget phone cameras are about to get much better with the OmniVision OV48C and OV64C
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The last few months have seen the advent of bigger smartphone camera sensors in an attempt to improve smartphone photography. Sony and Samsung have both released big, improved sensors recently. OmniVision isn't one to be left out, however, and may just have outdone the competition with its latest products, the OV48C and OV64C.
The OV48C is the real winner here, over the OV64C. It's a 48 MP sensor, joining Sony's IMX586 and Samsung's GM1 from last year. While the IMX586 has a 1/2" sensor size and a 0.8μm pixel size, the OV48C does a lot better by delivering a 1/1.3" sensor size and a 1.2μm pixel size.
That makes it the most impressive Quad Bayer sensor on the market in terms of pixel and sensor size. It uses 4-to-1 pixel merging to output 12 MP images with a 2.4μm applicative pixel size, matching the ISOCELL Bright HM1 on the Galaxy S20 Ultra in that regards.
The OV64C is a direct competitor to the ISOCELL Bright GW1 and the Sony IMX686, as it offers a 0.8μm pixel size and a 1/1.7" sensor size—the same as Sony and Samsung's offerings.
OmniVision's CMOS sensors aren't exactly popular, with OEMs opting for hardware from the more established big two. A lack of demand likely means that OmniVision's new offerings will be cheaper than Sony and Samsung's equivalents. This could see these new sensors adopted by OEMs for their more "high-value" offerings. The OV48C, in particular, is one to watch out for.
February 18, 2020