Micron announces HD image sensors for digicams, camcorders

Boise (ID) - Your next digital camera could be recording video in high-definition: Micron today said that it is sampling a 5 megapixel CMOS image senor that can record video in 720p resolution at 60 fps.

According to the manufacturer, the new sensor is capable of recording video at 60 frames per second at a progressive resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (720p). For use with a digital camera, the sensor features a burst mode that allows users to take 15 pictures in a "rapid sequence." The device is available in small quantities now and is scheduled to go into mass production in the third quarter of this year.

Micron also mentioned that its 8 megapixel image senor is now in mass production. The burst mode of the sensor enables 10 pictures per second in full resolution and more than 30 pictures per second in a 2 megapixel resolution. The device is also able to shoot 720p HD video with 30 frames per second.