Higher is Better: The Potential Benefits of Ultra-High Resolution Sensors

high res sensors can capture more details

Resolution is one of the most crucial specifications that define modern-day CMOS sensors. If one has to list all the factors directly associated with a camera and come up with rankings based out of their impacts over image quality, many will find that the resolution of a camera may not even get into the top three.

But when use cases for cameras switch from the consumer side to the industrial side, the said rankings will change dramatically and resolution alone will make a huge difference.

For IoT/Machine Vision applications, having camera hardware built with ultra-high resolution sensors means:

Simplified system design

ultra high res offers better coverage for vision systems

A single-camera solution can have the equivalent coverage of a solution with multiple low-res cameras, the footprint can be much smaller too.

Decreased overall cost

high res camera helps save overall cost of an imaging system

You can reduce the costs of getting sets of camera accessories (cable/housing/etc.) for multi-camera systems and the extra software development for handling multiple data streams.

Improved efficiency

high res sensors can capture more details

You can reserve more practical details in zoomed-in/cropped views, which, for many recognition/detection applications, are a guarantee of accuracy.

Lower maintenance cost & better longevity

high res sensor has a longer lifespan than regular sensors

Single-camera systems are generally more stable than systems with multiple sensors, they can be easily maintained and have longer life circles.

To play the resolution game well and serve it in the interest of end users, Arducam took a slightly different route.

Employing Smartphone Cameras in Embedded Vision Solutions

arducams solution took smartphone cameras to the iot space

The price points of industrial cameras are unrealistic for SMBs and indie makers/researchers with low-budget projects, and for those who want to build lean, cost-effective vision solutions at a large scale, affordable alternatives are needed.

With a focus on agility and flexibility, we developed a system that is capable of adopting the technological advancements in today’s high-end phone cameras and transforming them into hackable solutions everyone can use. 

Our camera evaluation system can help reduce your POC time from months to literally hours and can be integrated into various vision solutions, just like industrial cameras.

New 108MP USB 3.0 Camera Evaluation Kit

Our engineering team spent half a year prospecting and did numerous validations with dozens of in-market phone sensors, they ended up building something really big.

And the latest in our USB 3 camera dev kit family boasts 108MP with a total of 12000×9000 effective pixels and a motorized focus lens.


Full specs:

108MP Evaluation Kit
Optical Size1/1.5“
Number of effective pixels12000×9000
Frame RateRAW10, 4000×3000@11fps
RAW10, 12000×[email protected]
InterfaceMIPI 2-Lane
Focus8cm ~ INF
Focal ratio (F-Stop)1.89
Focal length5.89
View Angle82 diagonal
Shutter TypeRolling
Color FilterRGB
Output FormatRAW10


Arducam 108MP comparisions with other cameras
Taken at a 1-meter distance


arducam 64mp sample image s
Post-processed. See the full resolution raw image here.
Arducam 108MP USB 3.0 Camera Evaluation Kit EK030 1

108MP USB 3.0 Camera Evaluation Kit, Motorised Focus

Need help customizing it for your application? Or want to use it on Raspberry Pi/Nvidia Jetson Boards?

Build Applications Faster with our USB Camera Dev Kits

USB camera evaluation kit can help developers build faster applications

In the traditional way of POC (proof of concept) building for camera systems or MV applications, the options you have with cameras are limited, you either choose what’s already available or work out all the nitty-gritty just to verify if a certain sensor is a right fit for your target project, it’s time-consuming and can inevitably crank up your overall spend.

To fix the latter problem, we made a camera evaluation/development system that can take any image sensor you find, and quickly turn it into a working camera with a complete SDK and a convenient USB 2/3 connection for you to run quick tests on any hardware.

The evaluation system has three solutions:

  • Tested-and-proven evaluation kits
  • Mix-and-match with different sensors, lenses, etc.
  • Customize with anything you want.

And one major objective:

To eliminate the camera evaluation process so you can get started with other parts of your project/application as soon as possible. 

All you need is to pick your hardware of choice, and the rest (of evaluation) is already figured out.

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