OmniVision OV2724 should lead to super-small, 1080p60 front phone cameras

OmniVision OV2724 may lead to supersmall, 1080p60 front phone cameras

When most front-facing mobile cameras are shoehorned in between a myriad of sensors, they seldom have the breathing room they’d need for truly noteworthy performance. OmniVision can’t quite defy physics, but its new OV2724 sensor could challenge at least a few of our common assumptions. The OV2722 successor stuffs 1080p imaging into the company’s smallest chip of the kind, at 5mm by 5mm by 3.5mm — ideally, leading to full HD front cameras in tinier devices. Full-size devices still stand to benefit, though. The OV2724 has the headroom to record at an extra-smooth 60 frames per second, and individual frames should be more eye-catching between the higher dynamic range and better low light shooting. The only frustration left is having to wait for mass production of the new sensor in the summer quarter — we won’t see any phones or tablets reaping the rewards for at least a few months.

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