Sharp Corp. has released the "LZ0P3770" 5-megapixel CCD camera module for mobile phones. The module features a 3x optical linear zoom, which the company claims as is the first of that sort among camera modules featuring an inner zoom for mobile phones. Sharp said the module also realizes auto focus, smear-reduction mechanical shutter and other functionalities comparable to those of real cameras, along with the optical zoom.
The module employs a hybrid lens, which combines glass and plastic to boost refraction. Using its know-how of high-density packaging along with the lens, the company achieved a module height of only 21.7 mm.
Pricing for the sample is ¥20,000. Volume production is slated to start in January 2007. Sharp plans an initial output of 50,000 units per month.