Oppo announced a smartphone with 5x optical zoom with a dual camera setup for lossless image quality.
During his press conference, oppo unveiled a new technology that will incorporate into future smartphones a camera with 5x optical zoom, without increasing the projection of the optical unit. The operation of the 5x zoom Dual Camera is similar to that of a periscope. This new system is expected to come to market later this year.
Oppo is currently the first smartphone maker in China and fourth in the world, behind Samsung, Apple and Huawei. The technology shown in Barcelona could allow it to increase its market share. Thickness is one of the constraints that prevent the use of optical zoom in smartphones. The system is similar to that of iPhone 7 Plus, but the size of the photo module are thinner. In addition to the traditional sensor, arranged parallel to the device, Oppo has integrated a sensor and a series of lenses rotated 90 degrees. The light hits the sensor, after through the telephoto lens and a prism, allowing you to have a 5x optical zoom with lossless image quality.
The module has a total height of 5.7 mm, so it is possible to integrate the camera with 5x zoom in smartphone thickness less than 7 mm. By comparison, the iPhone 7 Plus has a 7.3 mm thickness and a camera with 2x optical zoom. As you can see from the video, the images obtained are almost perfect, distortion-free. Oppo has also added the optical stabilization for both the lenses that for the prism, so as to also compensate for the smaller vibrations. The prism, in particular, can adjust its angle with 0.0025-degree increments.
The quality of photos taken with a smartphone has become a parameter of choice by consumers. Dual Camera with 5x Zoom, Oppo will definitely compete with the big industry and increase its popularity among users.