With NEC’s CE151 Chip, 13 MP and HD Video on Phones is a Reality

Yesterday NEC introduced a new camera chip optimized for use in new cell phones that will make their included cameras comparable to DSLR cameras on the market today. With the chip, the possibility of using your mobile phone to record HD video in 1080p, not to mention stills with a res of up to 13 MP could become a reality rather quickly.

The chip is called the CE151 and offers up a few various features that will make it more attractive to phone manufacturers looking to raise the bar on cameras included in  mid-to-high range handsets.

Some of the new features include:

  • Output full HD video streams
  • Still image data up to 13 megapixels
  • Easy to use API
  • Will be backwards compatible with earlier NEC CE chips, providing a smooth transition to the CE151
  • Noise-reduction function to minimize lens distortion commonly found in phone cameras
  • Reduced energy consumption of appr. 25% from the CE143

NEC-CE151

There is no word on exactly how long it will be before we start seeing camera phones utilizing the new chip, but we anticipate seeing the first phones surface later this year or around CES 2011, at least. Don’t expect it terribly soon.

via Far East Gizmos via PhoneArena

Author: Brad Molen

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  • kathi17

    I use my phone's pitiful camera frequently when I don't have my DSLR with me, so I welcome the added megapixels and HD video, but in order to take decent photos, there will have to be better lenses and flashes. Phones might be able to equal DSLRs in megapixels, but they will never equal them in quality.

    That said, I welcome any advances in the cameras on the phone. When I am out to dinner, playing with my grandchildren, or see something interesting and don't have my camera with me, it would be wonderful to be able to take a photo that is really usable!

  • kathi17

    I use my phone's pitiful camera frequently when I don't have my DSLR with me, so I welcome the added megapixels and HD video, but in order to take decent photos, there will have to be better lenses and flashes. Phones might be able to equal DSLRs in megapixels, but they will never equal them in quality.

    That said, I welcome any advances in the cameras on the phone. When I am out to dinner, playing with my grandchildren, or see something interesting and don't have my camera with me, it would be wonderful to be able to take a photo that is really usable!