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.