Toshiba has a new ultra-thin camera module that is dubbed as the thinnest camera module yet. The camera module, which is also known as the TCM9930MD, measures only 4.7 millimeters thin and comes with a 1/3.07-inch 13-megapixel CMOS image sensor, as well as a 1.12μm pixel size.
The Toshiba camera module is equipped with four lenses which are made of plastic, reveals the Japan-based Tech On website. It likewise has a dedicated signal processing circuit to optimize its performance. Said circuit also ensures that the camera, despite its small size, functions properly and delivers images that are not distorted despite the fact that the lenses are. The camera module also features a flip chip structure instead of a wire bonded structure to maintain its thinness.
The thinness of the camera module may allow future smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices to maintain a very slim profile, possibly measuring less than 5 millimeters in thickness.
Unwired View cautions, however, that while the device’s thinness will be useful for thin devices, its picture quality may not necessarily be the best. To illustrate, the blog cites the 12-megapixel image sensor of the Nokia N8 which it expects to capture better images .
Still, the new Toshiba camera module may be considered a selling point because of its novelty in the market. It may even be featured on one or several flagship devices which may underscore the camera’s measurements.
On a more general sense, the Toshiba camera module may be a sign that consumers prefer thin devices. This is also evidenced by the release of devices claiming to be the thinnest in their category, only to be replaced by another in a very short span of time.
Toshiba is expected to start producing the camera module starting December this year. It is estimated that a million units of the camera module will be produced monthly.
As early as May, however, Toshiba will be sending out samples of the device. These samples will be sold for the price of ¥7,000 or around US$74.30.