Color CMOS 8-Megapixel (3264x2448) PureCel® Image Sensor

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 OV8855 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.

The OV8855, a variation of the OV8856 that supports phase detection autofocus for extremely fast and accurate focusing, is also available.


  • 1.12 µm x 1.12 µm pixel

  • Optical size of 1/4"

  • 32.9° CRA for <5 mm Z-height

  • Programmable controls for frame rate, mirror and flip, cropping, and 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 and alternate row HDR

Product Specifications

Part NumberOV08856-GA4A
Analog / DigitalDigital
Power RequirementXSHUTDOWN: 0.3 µW
Temperature RangeOperating: -30°C to +85°C junction temperature
Stable image: 0°C to +60°C junction temperature
Output Format10-bit RAW RGB data
Optical Format1/4"
Frame RateFull @ 30 fps
3264x1836 @ 30 fps
1080p @ 60 fps
1408x792 @ 90 fps
2112x1188 @ 60 fps
Pixel Size1.12 µm
Image Area3678.336 x 2767.68 µm
Package Dimensions4806 x 3969 µm
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