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  • Omnivision Aims to Close the Gap with Sony and Samsung and Lead the Market in 1 Year.

    "In the past, our gap [with Sony and Samsung has been,] may be, about one year. Last year, we were half a year behind, and our goal is to achieve new products to be leveled this year, and to achieve a lead next year," says Wu Xiaodong.

    https://image-sensors-world.blogspot.com/2020/01/omnivision-aims-to-close-gap-with-sony.html

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  • Sony will soon announce the IMX708 1/1,3" sensor featuring 2x2 OCL technology: https://www.sony-semicon.co.jp/e/products/IS/mobile/2_2_ocl.html

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  • Looks promising - thanks for sharing!

  • You are welcome @majoraxis

    No really today's news, but nonetheless pretty impressive tech.

    Samsung Takes Mobile Photography to the Next Level with Industry’s First 108Mp 1/1,33" sensor Image Sensor for Smartphones

    https://news.samsung.com/global/samsung-takes-mobile-photography-to-the-next-level-with-industrys-first-108mp-image-sensor-for-smartphones

    From what I've read, Samsung is working on it's second version of this sensor for it's new S20 Ultra main camera.

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  • Omnivision launches high-end 1/1.7" 64MP smartphone image sensor

    https://www.ovt.com/news-events/product-releases/omnivision-announces-its-first-64-megapixel-08-micron-image-sensor

    Feb. 18, 2020 — OmniVision Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced the OV64C, its first 64 megapixel (MP) image sensor featuring a 0.8 micron pixel size to enable high resolution smartphone cameras in a 1/1.7" optical format. Built on OmniVision’s PureCel®Plus stacked die technology, this sensor provides leading edge still image capture and exceptional 4K video performance with electronic image stabilization (EIS) for high end smartphones. The OV64C also offers a wide range of features, such as 4-cell remosaic for full resolution Bayer output as well as digital crop zoom, and a CPHY interface for greater throughput using fewer pins, making it ideal for the main rear-facing camera in multicamera configurations.

    “TSR estimates there will be 127 million image sensors with 64MP or higher resolution shipped to smartphone manufacturers in 2020,” said Arun Jayaseelan, staff marketing manager at OmniVision. “The OV64C, with its premium resolution and features, is well positioned to address this ramp in demand among high end smartphone designers.”

    The OV64C integrates an on-chip 4-cell color filter array and hardware re-mosaic, which provides high quality, 64MP Bayer output in real time. In low light conditions, this sensor can use near-pixel binning to output a 16MP image with 4X the sensitivity, offering 1.6 micron equivalent performance for previews and still captures. In either case, the OV64C can consistently capture the best quality images, as well as enabling 2X digital crop zoom with 16MP resolution and fast mode switch.

    The sensor features type-2, 2x2 microlens phase detection autofocus (ML-PDAF) to boost autofocus accuracy, especially in low light. Output formats include 64MP at 15 frames per second (fps), 8K video at 30 fps, 16MP captures with 4-cell binning at 30 fps, 4K video at 60 fps and 4K video with EIS at 30 fps. Additionally, the OV64C supports 3-exposure, staggered HDR timing for up to 16MP video modes.

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  • New Sony sensors featuring 2x2 OCL technology: https://www.sony-semicon.co.jp/e/products/IS/mobile/2_2_ocl.html

    • Sony IMX689: 48 MP (12 MP in default pixel binning mode), f/1.7, 25mm (wide), 1/1.43", 2x2 OCL PDAF (quad pixel AF), OIS, with pixels measuring 1.12µm or 2.24µm in default pixel binning mode.

    • Sony IMX708: 52 MP (13 MP in default pixel binning mode), f/1.8, 1/1.28", 2x2 OCL PDAF (quad pixel AF) and OIS

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  • Samsung developing a massive 1" 150MP sensor.

    https://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_is_working_on_a_massive_1_150mp_sensor_xiaomi_will_a_phone_with_it_in_q4-news-42045.php

    Samsung's 1" 150MP sensor will use the Nonacell pixel binning tech (9-in-1), resulting in 16MP shots. Xiaomi is expected to be the first to use the new sensor in a phone, set to launch in Q4 of this year. Oppo and vivo will follow in early 2021.

  • @Eno

    m43 sized sensors are next :-)

  • @Vitaliy_Kiselev

    I'd be very interested in such a phone. :)

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  • Samsung Introduces 1.2μm 50Mp 1/1,3" ISOCELL GN1 with Faster dual pixel Auto-focusing and Brighter Images:

    https://news.samsung.com/in/samsung-introduces-1-2%CE%BCm-50mp-isocell-gn1-with-faster-auto-focusing-and-brighter-images