The smallest camera module for mobile devices

July 21, 2016 | 07:05
The smallest camera module for mobile devices
The smallest camera module for mobile devices
Nidec Copal, the world’s biggest manufacturer of camera shutters, has developed the smallest, thinnest and lightest camera module for mobile devices. It measures just 8.5 x 8.5 x 4.2 mm and weighs 0.57 g. The new camera module is about half the size of Nidec Copal’s previous module.
 
The new camera module has a 16 megapixel, 1/3.1" CMOS image sensor with a pixel size of 1.0 µm. The focal length of the lens is 3.6 mm, and the maximum aperture is f/1.9 for high light sensitivity. The module has autofocus capability with a focus range of 10 cm to infinity. Series production of the new module is planned to start in the fall of 2016.
 
Nidec Copal, better known as Copal, is a Japanese manufacturer of optical, electronic and mechanical devices, mainly for the photographic industry. Copal started in 1946 with the small-scale production of camera shutters, which are now used in virtually all Japanese cameras. These shutters are still one of the best known products of the company.
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