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Sharp Unveils Ultra-Thin 12.1MP Camera

David Gilbert


Sharp Unveils Ultra-Thin 12.1MP camera

Sharp has just revealed the world’s smallest camera module with image stabilisation designed to fit inside the world’thinnest of smartphones.

Currently the title of world’s thinnest smartphone is held by the Motorola Razr at eye-waterinly narrow 7.1mm, but even this narrow form factor would comfortably be able to accommodate the 5.47mm-thick unit from Sharp.

The 12.1 megapixel, 1/3.2in (or 8mm) CMOS camera module, with the catchy name RJ63YC100, is intended for use in mobile devices and vitally for these devices it will come with optical stabilisation. The optical image stabiliser in the module uses a lens-shift system to control the lens inside the module.

Sharp is claiming that this technology will reduce the blurring typically associated with shooting with a smartphone or tablet and is promising to improve low light shooting as well as shooting moving subjects.

Sharp Camer Module

The module will also be able to record 1080p video, will output RAW files and has a maximum aperture of f2.5

Having so many megapixels crammed onto such a small sensor may not be such a great idea however, as it will probably cause a lot of noise in the images taken, as well as clogging up the limited space on your phone's memory.

However, with all phone (and increasingly tablet) manufacturers playing the specs games these days, we expect to see the little RJ63YC100 coming to a smartphone or seven very soon.

Samples can be had from Sharp now for around £100 and volume shipments of the module will begin in the second week of January with the company pumping out 100,000 units per month.

Do you want a 12MP sensor crammed into your smartphone? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Sharp


December 2, 2011, 10:46 pm

Hmm, I already have a 12MP sensor 'crammed' into my phone - and it's the reason I stick with this phone - the Nokia N8. I do shoot it at widescreen format which drops the resolution down to 9MP files. It's physical size and resolution mean nothing without image quality. The slightly faster lens is welcomed (f2.5 over 2.8), but with all micro sensors the proof's in the pudding. I'd like to see example images and compare it with the N8. Quality not quantity, that's were all top end phone manufacturers should now be aiming to compete. (Someone please tell Samsung this!). (PPS - I see that TR's has now apparently completely given up supporting FireFox, comments aren't even appearing any more! )


December 3, 2011, 10:18 pm

Stupid idea, who needs a 12 Mp photo from a mobile phone?


December 4, 2011, 5:57 pm

I suppose it was only a matter of time before this happened. Dreadful idea and will not produce good images! Canon upped the MP in its G10 to (I believe 12mp) and it didn't work so in the G11.. dropped back down to 10mp due to a poor iso results. If that was the case in a pro compact, what will the outcome be for a 12.2mp camera in a mobile phone!? Too much too soon!


December 5, 2011, 6:23 pm

Love the RAW image and optical stabilisation but f2.5 is not that great these days. More pixels? Depends - it's not something to complain about right away without real analysis.

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