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OmniVision unveils 40MP sensor with 1.0 micron pixels, and other notable features

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OmniVision has just announced a new smartphone camera sensor. The new sensor is subbed the OV40A, which is a 40 megapixel image sensor, that is developed to be paired with next generation smartphones.

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In a recent announcement, the company unveiled the new 1/1.7” sensor which is built with OmniVision PureCel Plus S stacked die technology. It features a 1.0 micron pixels and offers ‘super high gain and de noise technologies for the best in class low light camera performance.’ In other words, the company has just launched one of its best image sensors that promise to offer improved low light performance among other things.

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As per the official notes, the OV40A also offers multiple high dynamic range (HDR) options for both videography and photography. It also arrives with slow motion video capture at up to 240 fps (frames per second), along with PDAF (phase detection autofocus). Similar to the 32 megapixel sensor the company released earlier this week, the OV40A also uses a 4 cell color filter array and hardware remosaic. Furthermore, it is also capable of capturing 40 megapixel stills at 30 fps.

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Through pixel binning, the image sensor can also achieve 10 megapixel shots at 120 fps as well, to improve its low light performance. For videos, the sensor supports 60 fps video captures in 4K and 1080p videos up to 240 fps, all of which alongside PDAF. For those unaware, OmniVision sensors have been used in low to mid range handsets due to their more affordable costs in comparison to Sony sensors, but we might see this sensor in some upper mid range or affordable flagship model as well.

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