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OmniVision Makes World's Smallest 1080p Camera

Ready for your close up? OmniVision this week introduced the OV2720, which it claims is the world's first 1/6-inch, native 1080p/30 high-definition CMOS image sensor designed for notebook, netbook, webcam and video conferencing applications. Based on OmniVision’s 1.4 micron OmniBSI backside illumination technology, the new 1080p sensor delivers video conference quality HD video recording in a small enough form factor (z-height of 3.5 mm) to meet the module size and height requirements of today's thin notebook designs.

"Consumer demand for HD video has never been greater. Display formats are moving to a 16 by 9 aspect ratio, TV broadcast is embracing HD, and social media platforms such as YouTube and Facebook are supporting HD," said Nick Nam, product marketing manager at OmniVision. "With the OV2720, OmniVision continues to lead the industry in bringing to market innovative, high performance HD solutions, addressing the growing demand for the HD video-enabled devices of the YouTube generation. With the broadest portfolio of HD video products in the industry, we enable our customers to find the right solution for their price, performance and size requirements."

In other words, get ready for a whole new generation of vlogs on YouTube with the option for 1080p. Get ready to spend more time in front of the makeup chair before turning on your cam.

The OV2720 is currently sampling with multiple tier-one customers and is slated to go into mass production in June 2010.

  • mauller07
    but its going to suck for video quality, either full frame 35mm or larger image sensor(s) or no dice.
  • Kaiser_25
    mauller07but its going to suck for video quality, either full frame 35mm or larger image sensor(s) or no dice.
    it says 1080p video quality...sounds pretty good to me, opposed to old webcams at like 280p, sounds like a good step up, i think your a tard.
  • outlw6669
    High resolution on a small sensor ≠ high quality.

    Unless you are using this in a painfully bright room, I would expect this sensor to be quite noisy.
  • aerofly
    you would be surprised. The go pro hero has very nice HD video and it fits in the palm of your hand.
  • ainarssems
    I wonder why do they put 720 in the product name (2720) if it is 1080p. Could it be just uscaling from 720 to 1080?
  • zodiacfml
    megapixel race.
  • DjEaZy
    ... now more precise face recognition... big google iz watching you... (devil)
  • mauller07
    back_by_demandBefore automatically dismissing it, maybe lets see one in action.Bad form for the guy who called you a tard as well, for sticking up for it with no real evidence either.
    This is true, but from experience and other knowledge the smaller the image sensor the less light each pixel on the sensor can absorb, so the quality always tends to be far lower then that of a larger image sensor with the same resolution or even a lower resolution. example of a friend of mine whose mate has an 8mp Ericsson phone against his 5mp Nikon d60

    another good example of this is the higher end camcorders all tend to use full frame 35mm image sensors even multiple sensors
  • Hupiscratch
    It will be great for on-board cameras on motorsports.
  • N.Broekhuijsen
    HupiscratchIt will be great for on-board cameras on motorsports.not really, in those cases we can afford to have slightly larger cameras which deliver much nicer quality!