OmniVison this week unveiled a new image capture sensor for mobile devices that appears to be ideal for the next iPhone to be produced by Apple, offering considerable improvements over the current one that go beyond higher resolution. The OV8830 captures photos up to 8 megapixels, but what really matters are the advances of its manufacturer so that they have higher quality.
Among the benefits of the new sensor, its color quality and the ability to shoot in dark environments with greater efficiency are noteworthy, thanks to the 35% increase in its sensitivity to light. The sensor is also capable of capturing video in its native resolution (3264 × 2448 pixels) at 24 frames per second, or in HD 1080p at 60 frames per second.
However, the OV8830's mass availability forecast for the second half of the year, which reduces the possibility that it will be used by Apple on the next iPhone unless it changes its plans or has a little help from OmniVision. There is a current version of this sensor that achieves similar quality standards, but it will also only be available on a large scale from March.