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Phones and cameras able to record HDTV coming soon

April 22nd, 2006 · No Comments

Want to 720p on your digital camera or mobile phone? Within a year, it looks like you’ll be able to!
Californian imaging chip specialist OmniVision Technologies has developed a 5-megapixel CMOS camera chip able to record moving video in high definition. The chip promises a quantum leap in video performance for digital cameras and high-resolution camera phones.
The imager can fit into standard digital camera 3x zoom lens modules, and offers two video modes: D1 resolution (720 x 480) at 60 frames per second (fps), which is slightly better than the VGA resolution (640 x 480) already found in most digital still cameras; the second is 720P resolution (1280 x 720) at 30 fps. Both can be played back directly through an HDTV display.
“The chip out-performs CCDs in both image quality and speed,” says Jess Lee, vice president of the Mainstream Products Business Unit at OmniVision. “Offering faster frame rates at high resolution, the development opens up a whole new application for digital still cameras.”

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