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Sharp Develops 4K HD CMOS Image Sensor for Mobile Devices

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Sharp has unveiled a new image sensor for 4K HD video recording.

The new CMOS image sensor is designed for shooting video at 4K and has a resolution of 12-megapixels, with each pixel having a size of 3.1 x 3.1 micrometers. The pixel size, combined with a sensitivity level of 1.42 V/lux-sec, was achieved using Sharp’s own proprietary image cell technology. The sensor is capable of recording 4K or 2K video at 60 fps. Power consumption rate is at a mere 420 microwatts, allowing the sensor to considerably reduce image noise due to heat.

Specialty-wise, the new CMOS image sensor is more geared for darker environments. However specifications-wise, it seems to be just as capable of adjusting easily to different lighting levels to constantly snap and record clear images and video. In fact, Sharp advertises the image sensor as a versatile unit that can be used both for recording digital video and still photography at a level that, while still considerably lower, is already very near what professional high-end cameras can do.

More important than simple versatility though, the idea of a 4K HD CMOS image sensor for a mobile device could set a whole new standard for upcoming smartphone cameras in the near future. 4K HD would no longer be limited to larger TVs and more sophisticated cameras, and we could even expect 4K HD to permeate deeper into the consumer tech market as a normal resolution standard.

Samples of the new CMOS image sensor are to be shipped towards the end of the week at around $190.00 per unit. Mass production will start by the end of October. Sharp plans to manufacture at least 80,000 units each month as the new CMOS image sensor becomes available commercially.

  • user

    “…at a level that, while still considerably lower, is already very near what professional high-end cameras can do.” – REALLY ??!! Somehow this seems to be mutually exclusive.

    “…the idea of a 4K HD CMOS image sensor for a mobile device could set a whole new standard for upcoming smartphone cameras in the near future.” – REALLY ??!! At 190$ a pop I highly doubt that. You do know that cameras in even the most highest end phone are worth at max 20$. If you mean 2021 is the “near” future, then yeah maybe.

    You just did copy past with the text Sharp gave you – shame on you !

  • John Fak

    There are tons of sensors capable of 4K video, some of them as old as 2011. The one present in iPhone 4S was capable of 4K video as well(just not used by the software).

    This year, pretty much every single phone comes equipped with a 4K video capable sensor.

    How is this news? Because Sharp is slow? The last retarded horse crosses the finish line? And 190$ is laughable high price.

  • John Fak

    190$ and 4k@60hz points clearly towards the handheld video camera market share (1000-2000$ a unit), not smartphones. Christian is misleading with his “mobile device” remark. Or he just ain’t got no clue.