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.
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.
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