Apple’s camera sensor supplier, OmniVision Technologies, today announced that they are releasing a new 5-megapixel sensor that could lead to thinner mobile devices while also offering the ability to shoot video at 1080p.
While it has been rumored that Apple will be releasing iPhone 5 / 4S with an 8 megapixel camera, it makes much more sense for Apple to go with OmniVision’s latest creation, boosting the HD video recording up to 1080p, while retaining the same 5MP camera with an even thinner form factor.
Alternatively, Apple could include these sensors in iPod touch 5G (fifth gen) and iPad 3 since the current form factor is even thinner than iPhone 4.
OmniVision sent out a press release, announcing the new sensor:
OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OVTI), a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today introduced the OV5690, the first 5-megapixel image sensor to use OmniVision’s proprietary OmniBSI-2 pixel architecture. The new 1.4-micron backside illumination pixel allows for a full five megapixels in a 1/4-inch optical format, and combines best-in-class image quality with a 20 percent reduction in camera module height, making it an effective solution for slimmer mobile handsets, smart phones and tablet computers.
The new sensor checks in at under 5 mm high, 20% thinner than the leading sensor on the mobile devices market today.