Mobile World Congress is just around the corner and OmniVision has smartphone camera innovation going with its new vision sensor. The OV50A image sensor that has a resolution of 50 megapixels is the first of its kind to have 100% PDAF, phase detection that results in much better autofocus. The sensor will hit high-end smartphones in 2021, and things are looking exciting in the field of smartphone cameras with this innovation.
According to the official press release By the image sensor manufacturer, it will have a pixel size of 1.0 microns along with selective conversion gain and 1 / 1.5 ”optical format. The latter comes with on-chip quad phase detection (QPD) and remosaic autofocus technology.
According to OmniVision, the gap between smartphone cameras and DSLR cameras is constantly closing and its QPD autofocus technology has narrowed it further. This is possible with comparable DSLR autofocus performance for the mobile phone platform.
If we have to make a layman understand what all this implementation of sophisticated technology means, then it is basically about better image reproduction for the wide and ultra-wide sensors. OmniVision accomplishes this by providing superior image sensor capability to calculate distance and low light detection in difficult conditions.
Combined with PureCel Plus-S stacked matrix technology, the new sensor enables 50 megapixel Bayer output and real-time 8K video. That means 8K videos with QPD autofocus at 30fps, 12.5MP 8K videos at 60fps, and 4K.2K videos at 90fps.
This new sensor technology comes on the back of the 1.0 micron 64MP sensor technology released in the second half of 2020. As for end-user achievement of the technology, well, the sensor will be in action in the flagship devices for the second quarter. 2021. No smartphone maker already on board has been revealed yet, so we have our fingers crossed.