Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Omnivision Announces Native 720p/60 Video Sensor

PR Newswire: OmniVision announces 1/4-inch OV9713, the native 720p/60fps CameraChip sensor that is said to be the first sensor to be built on a new and improved OmniPixel3-HS pixel using a proven 0.11um FSI process. [It sounds like the 3 year old OmniPixel3-HS has been improved but the generation name remains same.]

The sensor's new 3um pixel offers low-light sensitivity of 3300 mV/lux-sec, better SNR and a 5dB improvement in DR compared to the previous generation. Additionally, the OV9713's 12-bit RGB RAW output capability provides optimized HDR, while the embedded sequential line- or frame-based HDR features allow an even higher DR to address high-contrast scenes often encountered indoors. The sensor is also 3D ready, offering frame synchronization functionality for 3D (stereo) camera systems. It comes with a standard 2-lane MIPI interface and fits into an 8 mm x 6 mm x 4.5 mm module size.

The OV9713 is currently available for sampling, and is expected to go into volume production by Q2 2012.


  1. it's a de facto standard to use V/lux*s for the sensitiviy. Is there any standard for noise level??

  2. For clear understanding, e/luxsec for sensitivity seems more suitable.

  3. Right, everything expressed in Volts or mV does include the output amplifier. The sensors do generate electrons in the pixels, and that should be the prime parameter in the expression of the sensitivity as well. So I fully agree with the use of e/lux.sec. Nevertheless be careful : how is 1 lux of light defined without knowing the spectrum of the light source, without knowing if any IR filter is being used, etc... So the e/lux.sec is still tricky !!! A sensor can be sensitive to 0 lux of light input !!!

  4. Anyone knows how to convert V/lux*sec to e/lux*sec?


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