OmniVision might not be the most well-known image sensor maker, but the company is among the sector's big players and its imagers can be found in a wide range of smartphone cameras.

Now Omnivision has launched a new image sensor that is set to compete with some high-end models from Sony and Samsung. The OV64C is Omnivision's first 1/1.7ʺ (roughly 7.4 x 5.5mm) 64MP sensor with a 0.8 micrometer pixel size and is built on the company's PureCel Plus stacked die technology.

It features 4K video recording with electronic image stabilization as well as an on-chip 4-cell color filter array and hardware re-mosaic, which allows for full-resolution 64MP Bayer output. In low light, the sensor can use pixel binning methods to output 16MP images with lower noise levels and better dynamic range. It also offers a 2x digital zoom crop at 16MP resolution and fast mode switch.

Other features include type-2 2x2 microlens phase detection autofocus, 8K video at 30 fps and 3-exposure, staggered HDR timing for up to 16MP video modes. Omnivision says the OV64C is designed for use in smartphone main cameras. Samples are available to industry customers now, so we should be able to see what the new chip can do when implemented in a smartphone within the next few months.