Think 50x zoom was impressive? Well, 2020 might just blow us away!

Think 50x zoom was impressive? Well, 2020 might just blow us away!
In 2019, we saw some crazy camera innovations, which led to zoom levels we previously thought impossible on a smartphone. The Huawei P30 Pro is most prominent here with its intense 50x zoom, powered by a 40 MP camera sensor and a clever periscope-like system. Of course, this is not real, optical zoom, but a digitally enhanced one — AI algorithms take information from the telephoto lens and add details to the cropped image to create a convincing "zoom" effect. Hence, it's called "hybrid zoom".

Word on the street is, we are about to see a massive upgrade to that tech real soon. According to leakster IceUniverse, we will get 108 MP cameras capable of 10x optical zoom in 2020. He does not mention a specific brand and we think it's fair to assume that it'll be Huawei plus a couple of other market leaders (like Samsung).



10x optical zoom would be huge because it'll not only allow you to take true lossless photos, but applying the "hybrid zoom" tech to it might lead to some crazy magnification capabilities. If the 40 MP sensor with 5x optical zoom can go up to 50x in hybrid, then a 108 MP sensor with a 10x zoom could possibly reach 100x magnification. What?

Up until 2019, the best that manufacturers could achieve was a 2x optical zoom via a telephoto lens. This year, OnePlus topped that with a 3x telephoto lens on the OnePlus 7 Pro and Huawei did one over with the 5x periscope zoom. A 10x would be a massive upgrade over both of these achievements.

The MegaPixel Wars are back!



It's also interesting to note that the fight for more megapixels is brewing again. Back in the day, there was this race for "who can get more megapixels in their camera?". In 2016, manufacturers reversed the trend by paying more attention to the individual pixels' size and the sensor's ability to collect light rather than just trying to impress us with numbers. Because, you see, bigger megapixels equals more light captured by the camera, but it also meant a downgrade in that megapixel count. In the end, it turned out for the better — smartphone photography has been doing much better with bigger pixels rather than having more of them.

This is not the first time we hear that 100 MP sensors are coming, too — it seems like it's an inevitability. So, now that the emphasis on megapixel count and detail is back, it's interesting to see if image quality is about to take another hit for the sake of zoom capabilities and bragging rights.

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9 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 808; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

52mm already offers lower quality because weaker hardware . Imagine 180, 200, 240, 300 mm ....

2. pogba

Posts: 105; Member since: Jun 13, 2018

108 mp on a smartphone. I'm cringing at the thought of the pixel size.

3. User123456789

Posts: 808; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Quadbayer / Tetracell ... 108/4 = 27MP , depends on the size of sensor you end up with pixel pitch of 1.4. Not that pixel size matters when you use ISO below 6400 anyway.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

It absolutely still matters There's a reason why Huawei always uses it's 10MP mode with pixel binning And why phones with those 48MP cameras take worse photos than the Pixel 3/S10, ....

4. mackan84

Posts: 369; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Just make it take great photos. If the photo is grainy I won’t keep it, unless it’s a UFO or Bigfoot.

5. worldpeace

Posts: 3127; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And once again.. It's Megapixel race.. (or actually it's more about ISP's post-processing, more pixels mean more data to be processed by that ISP.. Need better low-light? merge 2x2 pixel into 1 pixel to simulate 4 times pixel size.. Need more detail? take multiple image, stack them, and try to get the best detail..)

6. Poptart2828

Posts: 356; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Every top Chinese brand and possibly LG will introduce this tech within the next 6 months. I expect Samsung will incorporate this by 2022 and Apple by 2026

7. rsiders

Posts: 1931; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I think he meant that the camera sensors will total in 108mp when combined or added up say like a 48mp main, 40mp zoom, and 20mp wide angle or something. Anything else would be kinda ridiculous and certainly overkill if you ask just about anybody. What do these guys thing we're doing with these photos?lol

9. sunnyfpy

Posts: 277; Member since: May 12, 2013

Forget it

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