Say iCheese: Is A 5MP Camera Sensor In The iFuture?

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When it comes to ANY kind of digital photography, there's one thing you can count on: no one's gonna release a camera with fewer pixels than its predecessor.

Taiwan's OmniVision — whose 3.2 megapixel CMOS image sensors for the iPhone 3GS supplanted Aptina Imaging's 2 MP contribution to the 3G — are said to be ramping up production for a 5 MP sensor, allegedly destined for a "next-gen" iPhone due in the stores halfway through 2010.  OmniVision has already pumped out 20-21 million 3GS sensors, and is expected to more than double that quantity for the "iPhone 4G."

Apple's competition (specifically the Moto Droid and the upcoming Google Nexus) already have 5 MP camera chips, so it will be interesting to see how many other phone makers meet — never mind exceed — that resolution in the next six months.

[Via Gizmodo, image credit Gizmodo]

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