An image of the new product (source: Nidec Copal)
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Nidec Copal Corp developed what it claims is the world's smallest, thinnest and most lightweight camera modules for mobile devices.

The dimensions and weight of the module are 8.5 x 8.5 x 4.2mm and about 0.57g, respectively. The volume of the new module is about half that of Nidec Copal's previous product. It was realized by technologies that the company has being improving for the development and production of shutters and optical products for many years, the company said.

For the camera module, a 16-Mpixel CMOS image sensor with an optical size of 1/3.1 inch and a pixel pitch of 1.0μm was employed. Its focal length and maximum aperture are 3.6mm and 1.9, respectively. The module has an autofocus function. Its photographing range is from 10cm to INF (infinite). Nidec Copal plans to start volume production in the fall of 2016.