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OmniVision's OV8856 is a new 1/4-inch 8-megapixel PureCel sensor designed for front- and rear-facing camera applications in mainstream mobile devices. Built on advanced 1.12-micron pixel architecture, the extremely compact OV8856 offers industry-leading image quality and improved performance when compared with previous-generation 8-megapixel image sensors.

The 1/4-inch OV8856 leverages OmniVision's PureCel pixel architecture to capture full-resolution 8-megapixel images and video at 30 frames per second (fps), and 1080p high-definition (HD) video at 60 fps. The power-efficient OV8856 sensor also supports interlaced high dynamic range (iHDR) for clear images and video in high- and low-light conditions. Using a high-speed four-lane MIPI interface, the OV8856 can output full-resolution, 8-megapixel 30 fps video over two MIPI lanes without requiring any data compression.

The OV8856 is one of the smallest 8-megapixel sensors on the market, and is approximately 15 percent smaller than OmniVision's previous-generation OV8858 image sensor. The OV8856 can fit into a 6.5 mm x 6.5 mm fixed-focus module with a z-height of approximately 4 mm.


1.12 µm x 1.12 µm pixel

Optical size of 1/4"

32.9° CRA for less than 5 mm Z-height

Programmable controls for:
- Frame rate
- Mirror and flip
- Cropping
- Windowing

Supports images sizes:
- 8MP (4:3, 3264x2448)
- 8MP (16:9, 3264x1836)
- EIS 1080p (2112x1188)
- 1080p (1920x1080)
- EIS 720p (1408x792), and more

8MP at 30 fps (720 Mbps/4-lane or 1.44 Gbps/2-lane)

Two on-chip phase lock loops (PLLs)

Two-wire serial bus control (SCCB)

8k bits of embedded one-time programmable (OTP) memory

Image quality control:
- Defect pixel correction
- Automatic black level calibration
- Lens shading correction
- Alternate row HDR

Suitable for module size of 8.5 x 8.5 x ~4 mm

Part Specification
Shutter TypeRolling Shutter
CFA (Chroma)RGB Bayer
Analog / DigitalDigital
Power RequirementStandby: 0.8 µW
Active: 150 mW
Output FormatRAW
Operating Temperature-30°C to +85°C
Optical Format1/4"
Frame RateFull @ 30 fps
Pixel Size1.12 µm
Image Area3678.336 x 2767.68 µm
Package Dimensions4806 x 3969 µm
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