World’s smallest commercial image sensor

Mankind has invented over time both absurd things without any use but also many useful ones that help us in our daily lives. Today, we will present a strange invention that has revolutionized the medical field.

What is the smallest sensor in the world?

The world’s smallest commercially available image sensor is called OmniVision OV6948 and it is the size of a grain of sand, measuring only 0.65x 0.65 x 1.158mm. The sensor entered the Guinness Book of Record in 2019, but also the entirely tiny camera made it into the world’s record book as the smallest camera in the world.

Who built the smallest sensor in the world?

The sensor was created by the California-based OmniVision company that was founded in 1995. According to the company’s website, OmniVision “develops and delivers advanced imaging, analog, and touch & display solutions“.

What is the smallest camera in the world?

Even if it’s hard to believe, tiny cameras do exist. In fact, the smallest camera ever built is the size of a grain of sand (measuring 1x1x1mm in size). The world’s smallest camera was created by a research team at Berlin’s Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Micro integration.

How does the world’s smallest camera & sensor work?

The OmniVision sensor offers a 120° super-wide angle of view and a 40,000-pixel color image using an RGB Bayer back-side-illuminated chip. Also, the camera has a low power consumption, so it does not generate head and does not cause discomfort.

What can the smallest camera and the sensor be used for?

The sensor and the camera were created to be used for medical purposes, helping surgeons to diagnose and operate easily. It can be inserted into the veins of the human body and it is used in areas such as neurology, ophthalmology, cardiology, arthroscopy, and urology.

The world's smallest camera & sensor
The world’s smallest camera & sensor


Resolution 40K pixels (200×200 pixels)
Sensor type Backside illuminated Bayer RGB
The diagonal field of view is 120°
Focal length 0.175mm
Aperture f/2.8
Frame rate 30fps
Shutter type Rolling shutter
Power requirement 25mW
Operating temperature -20°C – +70°C
Camera size 0.65 x 0.65 x 1.158mm
Weight 0.87g

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