OmniVision Technologies’ OV16A is described as an affordable 16-megapixel image sensor that enables smartphone cameras to capture higher quality photos. Resting on OmniVision’s PureCel Plus 1.0-micron advanced pixel architecture that promises better autofocus for mainstream smartphones, OEMs can add a third camera for high-quality, ultra-wide-angle photos in high-end smartphones. Additionally, the OV16A extends battery life with, reportedly, the industry’s lowest power consumption—10% lower than the nearest competitor’s 16 MP 1.0-micron sensor.
The OV16A enables small fixed-focus camera modules, with dimensions down to 6.5 mm x 6 mm. Additionally, its top and bottom pad configuration allows thin-bezel designs for full-display selfie screens. The sensor’s 2x1 microlens phase detection autofocus (ML-PDAF) boosts autofocus accuracy in low light.