OmniVision has lifted the lid on a new sensor that would make it suitable for a next-generation iPhone. The OV8830, as it’s called, is an 8-megapixel sensor that offers a next-generation version of its backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, claiming to have 35 percent better sensitivity to light, not to mention improved color and noise reduction. This sensor is capable of shooting in its native 3264 x 2448 pixel resolution at 24FPS, which will be useful for folks who love to shoot continuous shots. Companies can start sampling the OV8830 now, but mass production of this sensor isn’t expected until the second half of this year. It was mentioned that Apple might find the current OV8820 more suitable at the moment, since it offers similar results and should be shipping earlier, in March.

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