OmniVision & Sony to Supply Cameras for the Next iPhone?

Posted In iPhone - By Tariq On Thursday, June 9th, 2011 With 0 Comments

We’ve heard a lot of back and forth these past few months on who the camera supplier will be for the next iPhone (be it the iPhone 4S or iPhone 5, we still aren’t sure). Now DigiTimes reports that OmniVision and Sony could both be suppliers for the sensor in Apple’s next iPhone. According to their sources:

About 90% of the CIS orders for Apple’s new iPhone will be supplied by OmniVision, while Sony takes up the remainder, the sources said. The upcoming device will feature a built-in 8-megapixel camera, the sources added.

An 8-megapixel sensor seems to fit what we’ve been hearing regarding the subject, although some sources have reported that OmniVision had developed a new 10-megapixel sensor to use. Personally, I’d be more than happy with 8-megapixels. As Steve Jobs mentioned at the iPhone 4 debut at WWDC 2010, it’s not just about the megapixels when it comes to camera sensors. Trying to cram too many pixels onto a small sized sensor can cause each individual pixel to be too small to capture a sufficient amount of light. This can cause graininess and degradation in picture quality. The iPhone 4 is often praised as having one of the best cameras available on a smart phone, despite it being a 5-megapixel when competitors have already stepped up to 8-megapixels and above.

After all the excitement during yesterday’s WWDC keynote (Lion, iOS 5, and iCloud), I can’t wait for Fall to get here already, so we can get our hands on all the new stuff and hopefully see a new iPhone.

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