OmniVision sensor is world’s smallest commercial image sensor

The OmniVision OV6948 has won the title of the Guinness World Record for “The Smallest Commercially Available Image Sensor.”

How small is the sensor? It measures out to be just a minuscule size of 0.575 mm x 0.575 mm. First, the sensor was developed for mall-outer-diameter medical endoscopes and catheters. Now however, the sensor has become much more versatile. The OV6948 can be used for applications like ental, veterinary, internet-of-things (IoT), industrial, wearable and forensic devices. Also, OmiVision said the OV6948’s OmniBSI+ pixel technology delivers “best-in-class” image quality and low-light performance.

OmniVision OV6948 breakdown

The OV6948 features a 1/36-inch optical format and an image array that can capture 200 x 200 resolution video at up to 30 frames per second (fps). Moving on, the sensor offers low-light sensitivity of 1000 mV/lux-sec. Additionally, the company says its sensor technology with the OV6948 delivers “excellent image quality in terms of color fidelity, sharpness and low noise.”

OmniVision OV6948 close up
Here’s a super close up of the OmniVision OV6948

The OmniVision sensor also consumes a low amount of power. This, in turn, means less heat is generated. This makes the sensor much more comfortable when using an endoscope. Plus, the sensor enables integration with a 4-pin interface and analog data output, capable of data transmission of up to 4 meters.


  • Interface: analog
  • Shutter type: rolling shutter
  • Resolution: 200 x 200
  • CFA (Chroma): RGB Bayer
  • Power requirement: 25 mW (with IO consumption)
  • Output format: analog
  • OmniVision OmniBSI+
  • Operating temperature: -20°C to +70°C
  • Optical format: 1/36″
  • Frame rate: Full at 30 fps
  • Pixel Size: 1.75 µm
  • Image area: 364 x 364 µm
  • Package dimensions: 575 x 575 µm

So, congratulations to OmniVision for winning the Guinness World Record for “The Smallest Commercially Available Image Sensor” with the OV6948.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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