Do You Need a 4K-Capable Camera on Your Phone?

Actually, I can answer that for you: no. But, do you want a camera on your phone that can churn out 16-megapixel images? Perhaps! Good news, then, because OmniVision has just announced new high-resolution image sensors for mobile devices that can shoot 4K video.

The new sensors can shoot 30fps video at the full 4K resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels—equivalent to 16 megapixels. If for some reason you were to need 60fps video, it can handle that, too, at 4k2K, which equates to a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. The sensor can also run in burst photography mode at the full 16-megapixel resolution. It might not be quite as insane as Nokia's 41-megapixel camera on a phone, but it's not far off.

The sensors are, apparently, designed for use in compact cameras and flagship smartphones—something OmniVision has a proven track record in providing, as it provided the 5-megapixel chip found in the new iPad and iPhone 4. The sensors are due to go into full-scale production towards the end of 2012.

So, do you need a 4K camera on your phone? No. Do you want one? Maybe. Will you get one? At some point, almost certainly. [OmniVision via The Verge]