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Kodak promises ultra-small 5MP phone camera

updated 01:15 pm EST, Mon February 4, 2008

Kodak 5MP Ultra-Small Cam

Kodak today said it had developed a new camera sensor that could allow all phones, not just large models, to include a quality camera. The photography firm says it has successfully reduced the individual pixel sizes for a 5-megapixel camera from more than 1.7 microns to just 1.4. By using an enhanced CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) sensor, the advance allows smaller sensors to fit into extremely tight spaces without sacrificing actual image quality, according to Kodak. The camera maker also claims that more of the sensors will fit on a given production wafer, potentially driving down the costs of normally expensive cameras that are limited to devices such as the Nokia N95 or the LG Viewty.

While the sensor is likely to be used by LG, which regularly builds Kodak-developed camera technology into its phones, the technology is not intended to be company-specific. The 5-megapixel sensor will be accessible to anyone who would like to license the technology for use in their own cameras, Kodak says. Samples will first be available to cellphone designers in the spring but are not believed to translate to production phones until the start of 2009.




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  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    bandwagon

    Wow, everyone is jumping on the wagon now. Come on, Microsoft. MSN phone should be a piece of cake consider loosing the first few years of $$$$$$ is no big deal.

  1. Commodus

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Camera, not camera phone

    Gotta read carefully, coffeetime: it's a Kodak camera sensor, not a full-on phone. Kodak just doesn't have the experience that even Garmin has.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Oops

    my bad...

  1. MiMiC

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    i know this is wrong, but

    if people loved to sit their azz on copiers for fun, what on earth could this table recognize.

    {dumbass sits on table naked}

    Hello Sir, may i offer some viagra or male enhancements??

    LOL

  1. tonton

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Pixel race is a bad thing

    The more pixels you have in a smaller space, the more noise. There are 6MP point-and-shoot cameras (the Fuji F31) that produce better images, even when printed at 8x12, than most 10MP cameras, with 4x the number of pixels.

    If we want 5MP in a phone, we need a bigger lens and a bigger sensor to be squeezed into the phone, not a smaller lens and smaller sensor that will fit into existing designs.

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