MWC 2013: Aptina 4K video-capable mobile sensors coming to smartphones in the summer

MWC 2013: Aptina 4K video-capable mobile sensors coming to smartphones in the summer

Mobile camera sensors are getting fairly clever these days, with double-digit megapixel counts and full HD video recording now par for the course.

Well hold on to your pixels because Aptina is showing off new mobile sensor technology at Mobile World Congress threatening to bring the joy of 4K video recording to smartphones of the future.

The sensor maker, who to be honest I hadn't actually heard of before now, is certainly making a splash today with its new AR1230 and AR1330 image sensors, which it says will be ready to be fitted into high-end cameraphones by the summer.

They both feature new ultra-compact 1.1-micron pixel construction that makes large megapixel counts and greater-than-1080p video capture par for the course on sensors no bigger than those inside your standard mid-range mobile snapper today.

The AR1230 is a 12MP unit which can capture 4K video at 30fps and “ordinary” 1080p at a butter-smooth 96fps, while the AR1330 ups the pixel count to 13MP, and adds built-in electronic image stabilisation at 1080p and support for 4K UHD and 4K Cinema formats at 30fps.

Those tiny pixels invariably raise questions about potential loss of quality, but the raising of the video resolution bar to 4K is nonetheless a major step that plenty of wannabe mobile Spielbergs will be more than happy to jump at.

Via Engadget

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Pondlife  Feb. 25, 2013 at 20:23

That'll be really useful for both the people with 4k displays

swampy_donkey  Feb. 25, 2013 at 21:15

Or for people who want the ability to crop footage and it remain around the 1080p mark.

Pondlife  Feb. 25, 2013 at 21:33

Cropping video sounds a bit intensive.

SpeedyG  Feb. 25, 2013 at 21:54

1st gen 4k senors won't be up to much till we have some regular designs from the usual cam lot

HD at 96fps in good conditions sounds like a boon tho.

Stelph  Feb. 26, 2013 at 09:26

4K video at 30 fps is pretty impressive, even the GoPro 3 black only manages 15fps.

And as to everyone who makes comments like "pointless without a 4k screen", remember that it means you can have a digital zoom without losing too much detail, similar to what nokia were doing with the Pureview 808.


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