Just ahead of the Mobile World Conference (MWC) 2021, OmniVision Technologies, a Chinese company that designs digital imaging products, has revealed its new OV50A image sensor that comes with 50 MP resolution and is the first imaging sensor to feature a 100 percent phase-detection for better autofocus. The sensor, according to the company, has been designed for high-end flagship phones.
The all-new imaging sensor sports a 1.0-micron pixel size with selective conversion gain and a 1/1.5” optical format featuring quad phase detection (QPD) autofocus technology and on-chip remosaic.
According to the company’s staff marketing manager, Arun Jayaseelan,
One of the biggest selling points for mobile phones is camera performance, and they have been steadily closing the gap with DSLR cameras for years. Our QPD autofocus technology now makes that gap even smaller, by bringing DSLR level autofocus performance to smartphone cameras.
In other words, the new QPD technology that the sensor is equipped with offers an overall better distance calculation, faster autofocus, and better low light performance offering an overall better image quality for the wide and ultrawide primary sensor.
The sensor also comes with the company’s PureCel Plus-S stacked die technology. It can capture 50 MP 8K videos with QPD autofocus at 30 fps, 12.5 MP 8K videos at 60fps, and 4K/2K videos at 90 fps.
Previously, the company launched its 40 MP OV40A sensor that came with HDR options for both photography and videography.