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October 23, 2019.


OVM6948. © OmniVision.

Sensor manufacturer OmniVision has created what has now been confirmed as the smallest commercially-available image sensor in the world by Guinness World Record. The OmniVision OV6948 is an ultra-compact 1/36-inch sensor that measures just 0.575mm x 0.575mm. The sensor, designed specifically for medical applications, features a resolution of 200 x 200 pixels, a 120-degree field of view, a 30 fps framerate and 1.75 µm pixels. It works hand-in-hand with Omnivision’s OVM6948 CameraCubeChip, connecting to a dedicated chip with backlighting, which makes it a complete miniature camera that can be mounted on disposable catheters and endoscopes. The images are transmitted through an analog signal that can travel up to 4m with very little noise. The company also predicts other applications, such as toys and wearables.

Digital Photography Review, Gannon Burgett, “OmniVision has created the world’s smallest commercially-available image sensor.”