DynaOptics promises to bring real optical zoom to thin smartphones next year

DynaOptics promises to bring real optical zoom to thin smartphones next year
This side of the Samsung K zoom or Panasonic's camera-with-phone-function contraptions, there is no real optical zoom to be found on regular Android phones if your life depended on it. We are not going to wax poetic about the benefits of optical zoom, compared to the fake digital ones we have now, or the cropped "lossless" zoom that some Nokia and Sony handsets offer, as these benefits are numerous. Very often you can't just take a few steps closer to the subject, and need quality zooming done, which is hard to fit in the ultraslim bodies of today's smartphones.

Enter DynaOptics - the startup company says it is developing a tiny optical zoom mechanism that can fit in a slim smartphone chassis, but it's not your regular optical zoom, not even the periscope-style one, like on some compact cameras. It uses an intriguing way to achieve the same result as conventional protruding lens, by moving aspherical lens bits laterally on a micron scale. As a result, the optical zoom unit can be very, very tiny, and able to fit in the slimmest of smartphones. DynaOptics has done a round of funding, and promises that the modules will be phones as soon as next year, so we'll keep an eye on the developments here.

DynaOptics promises to bring real optical zoom to thin smartphones next year
source: DynaOptics

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11 Comments

1. f35hunter

Posts: 238; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

It will be a great feature :)

2. UglyFrank

Posts: 2191; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

18th Oct 2014 "Apple have acquired DynaOptics and currently in the rebranding stage"

3. bendgate unregistered

Nope. They are currently developing bendable zoom.

6. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

haha nice one.. +1 bro!

8. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

Sept 2015 - Apple launches iPhone 6s with slim optical zoom Feb 2016 - Samsung launches Galaxy S6 with slim optical zoom

9. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

2016 would be S7.

4. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Question is upto how much X ?

5. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Maaan. Think about the successor to Lumia 1020: Patent agreement with Canon, maybe something from Pelican Imaging and MAAAAYBE this............*Dreaming* :D

7. p51d007

Posts: 700; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Zoom is nice, but, the quality of the image, will still be hampered by the SIZE of the image SENSOR. Simply sticking more and more megapixels on a sensor, the size of the ones in traditional smart phones, will NOT increase the quality of the device, if in less than ideal lighting conditions. The sensor size needs to somehow increase, along with optical zooming, before you will see a substantial increase, in the quality of the smartphone camera.

10. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I don't quite understand how that works...

11. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

me too

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