This is a camera specializing in medical shots: it measures less than a millimeter per side and has just entered the Guinness Book of Records.
The medical camera sensor, which is tiny to define tiny, is smaller in size than a grain of sand, but gives the device the full functions of a normal camera.
OmniVision OV6948 produces color images of about 300 pixels by 100 pixels. More or less the size of an advertising banner on a site.
The medical camera you don't expect
The resolution may seem low, but the OVM6948-RALA medical camera (this is its code name) is designed to fit the smallest parts of the body, and greatly improves the performance of the devices that preceded it.
Previously, the surgeon blindly performed these operations or used fiber optic systems of much lower resolution.
The AntMan sensor
Produced by OmniVision Technologies Inc. based in California, the sensor can transmit the images produced at a distance of up to 4 meters. The camera unit offers a super wide angle of view of 120 °, so something like a 14mm on a full frame camera, and manages to deliver a depth of field between 3mm and 30mm.
Currently the camera, practically invisible, is disposable (a bit like the flash cubes of the old Polaroids), but the next versions will allow the device to be used continuously.
Thanks to OVM6948-RALA it will be possible to have a clear picture of even the smallest parts of the human body (e.g. veins) offering surgeons a perspective that will assist diagnosis and surgical procedures.
I am amazed at the size of this device which will mark a part of the future of medicine, but speculation extends to other fields of knowledge. This device is practically invisible, they could stick it in any object and not arouse attention.