OmniVision Launches 12-Megapixel Image Sensor for Consumer Drones

By Mike Ball / 29 Oct 2016

OmniVision 12-Megapixel Image SensorOmniVision Technologies, a developer of digital imaging solutions, has announced the OV12895, the latest addition to the company’s stacked-die technology PureCel Plus-S product line. The 12-megapixel image sensor features a 1.55-micron pixel and high-speed architecture and is designed for consumer-grade drones, surveillance systems, and 360-degree action cameras.

Features of the OV12895 include:

  • 12-megapixel still-image capture
  • 4K2K resolution at 60 frames per second (FPS)
  • 1080p resolution at 240 FPS resolution for slow-motion videos
  • 12-bit readout architecture that provides high–bit depth snapshots
  • A low chief ray angle of 5 degrees that is suitable for mature lens ecosystems
  • Availability in RW and CLGA formats.

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“We are seeing rapid growth in the markets for consumer drones, surveillance systems, and 360-degree action cameras, in part due to the increasing demand for aerial photography and 4K-resolution panoramic videos in security and virtual reality applications. The 12-megapixel OV12895 aligns well with these consumer product segments because it strikes a balance between solid pixel performance and high resolution, in a widely used 1/2.3-inch optical format,” said Kalairaja Chinnaveerappan, senior product marketing manager at OmniVision. “The OV12895 builds on our latest-generation PureCel Plus-S stacked-die architecture and has many desirable features for these applications.”

The OV12895 is built on OmniVision’s PureCel Plus-S stacked-die architecture featuring backside illumination for ultra-high resolution and crisp images across all light levels. The stacked-die structure allows for additional sensor functionality while enabling smaller die sizes when compared with non-stacked sensors, resulting in smaller module sizes for larger optical format sensors.

OV12895 Resolution and Frame Rate Specifications:

  • High-quality slow-motion video capture with full field of view
  • Full-resolution 10-bit images and video at 45 FPS in a 4:3 aspect ratio
  • Full-resolution 12-bit images and video at 30 FPS in a 4:3 aspect ratio
  • Ultra-high-resolution 4K2K video at 60 FPS in a 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Full high-definition (HD) 1080p video at 240 FPS.
Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact