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Get ready for tablets with 16 megapixel cameras

Samsung announces new CMOS sensor for smartphones, tablets, digital cameras and camcorders to launch late this year

To many customers looking at electronics, higher numbers are usually associated with “better and faster.” Cameras are no exception, where manufacturers will market the number of megapixels as explicitly as possible.

Enter Samsung’s newly announced 1/2.3-inch CMOS image sensor, capable of capturing 16 megapixel images. Called the S5K2P1, the 1.34 micrometer sensor has been designed to fit in cell phones and camcorders and everything in between.

Introducing advanced high-resolution images based on BSI pixel technology supports further adoption of Samsung COS imagers to compact digital cameras and camcorder applications,” said VP of System LSI marketing at Samsung Dojun Rhee.

The S5K2P1 supports a native 16:9 format with an 8.3 megapixel resolution at 60fps for video capture. The 16 megapixel images are achieved at 30fps for point-and-shoot images.

The high-end CMOS sensor is currently available to certain manufacturers for sampling purposes, so don’t expect to see devices or tablets with a 16 megapixel camera just yet. Mass production of the S52P1 is scheduled for this November.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-09-30 (Update: 2012-05-26)