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Fast Frame Rate Image Sensor Targets High-End Consumer Drones and Action Cameras

27 October 2016

OmniVision Technologies, Inc. has announced the OV12895—a 1/2.3-inch image sensor that brings 4K2K video and 12-megapixel images to consumer-grade drones, surveillance systems and 360-degree action cameras. With a 1.55-µm pixel size and 4096 × 3072 active array size, the OV12895 captures ultra-high-resolution 4K2K (3840 × 2160) video at 60 frames per second (FPS) in a 16:9 aspect ratio. For slow-motion videos, the sensor captures 1920 × 1080 high-definition video (16:9 aspect ratio) at 240 FPS.

OmniVision Technologies' OV12895 image sensor—designed for use in consumer drones, surveillance systems and 360-degree action cameras—features high frame rates and slow-motion video capability. Image source: OmniVision Technologies, Inc. OmniVision Technologies' OV12895 image sensor—designed for use in consumer drones, surveillance systems and 360-degree action cameras—features high frame rates and slow-motion video capability. Image source: OmniVision Technologies, Inc. In a 4:3 aspect ratio, the OV12895 captures full-resolution 12-bit images and video at 30 FPS, and 10-bit images and video at 45 FPS. For still photography, the chip delivers 4096 × 3072 12-megapixel images.

The OV12895 is built on OmniVision’s PureCel® Plus-S stacked-die architecture, featuring backside illumination for ultra-high resolution and crisp, vibrant images across all light levels. According to the company, the stacked-die structure allows for additional sensor functionality while enabling smaller die sizes when compared with non-stacked sensors, resulting in smaller module sizes for larger optical format sensors.

The OV12895 is currently available for sampling and is expected to enter volume production in the first quarter of 2017.



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