Today's consumers aren’t only using their smartphones for selfies and simple snapshots. They expect the images they take to be of the same quality they can achieve with complex DSLR cameras and optical lenses.

At the Consumer Electronics Show, Omnivision Technologies introduced three dual-camera module reference designs to bring DSC/DSLR-quality capabilities—such as 10x zoom, Bokeh-effect portrait imaging and improved low-light imaging—to smartphone cameras. The designs combine Omnivision’s OV12A10 image sensor with the OV12A1B, OV13880 and OV20381 to provide smartphone manufacturers the flexibility to choose an ideal option based on compatibility with device designs and product targets.

According to a market report from Yolé Developpement, dual-camera penetration into the mobile market is expected to reach roughly 20% by 2020, driven largely by increasing consumer demand for the advanced features and image-quality improvements offered by this technology.

Omnivision’s three dual-camera reference designs consist of the following configurations:

  • 12MP OV12A10 color and OV12A1B monochrome sensors are combined with a symmetrical lens to enable super resolution and improved SNR in low-light conditions
  • 12MP OV12A10 and 13MP OV13880 are combined with wide-angle and telephoto lenses to achieve up to 10x zoom capability
  • 12MP OV12A10 color is paired with the 20MP OV20381 monochrome sensor to deliver digital zoom capabilities and improved low-light imaging while maintaining a thin form factor.