Oppo officially announces its 5x optical zoom technology
by Kaloyan C. / Feb 27, 2017, 7:58 AM
Just as we suspected, Oppo’s mysterious camera technology turned out to be an optical zooming one. Dubbed 5x, the company’s new tech manages to cram a telephoto lens inside a mobile phone, allowing for 5x "lossless" zooming.
Smartphones have had other optical zooming options in the past, the most popular solution being the one employed by the iPhone 7 Plus: having two sensors, one of which is permanently zoomed in, and using software to seamlessly combine the two. Oppo’s 5x, however, does things a bit differently, since the second sensor is hidden inside the phone’s chassis at a 90-degree angle.
Apple's iPhone 7 Plus only has 2x optical zoomThe tech works with a telephoto lens, which is rotated perpendicularly inside the device, and the light from which is then reflected through a rotating prism. The mechanism can rotate by increments of 0.0025 degrees, allowing for precise control of zooming, and also includes picture stabilization. Oppo claims the result is “lossless” 5x zooming, though we still have to see it in action before we believe it.
The mechanism was reportedly co-developed together with camera technology vendor Corephotonics, and development took about a year. We'll hopefully be seeing how the new tech works in person soon, though it's worth noting Oppo hasn't yet announced a phone which will include it.
Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 06, 2014
OPPO has Super VOOC, Smart Sensor and now the 5x optical lossless zoom tech ... Now they should release the Find9 with all these guddies!
posted on Feb 27, 2017, 8:05 AM 6
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Nice going Oppo.
posted on Feb 27, 2017, 8:53 AM 1
How is this different from what Apple designed in 2011? http://www.idownloadblog.com/2
posted on Feb 27, 2017, 11:55 PM 0
I mean, where were you guys giving exact same praise when this same article came out but for Apple years ago? http://www.phonearena.com/news
posted on Feb 28, 2017, 12:04 AM 0
Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 01, 2016
looks real good. I believe this is the correct implementation of the dual cameras and not what Huawei and LG are doing. This is real innovation. But this system is very complex, cost would be very high as well for such a new tech.
posted on Feb 27, 2017, 8:59 AM 1
Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015
Great, for camera fiends. Just shows that there is no one phone for everyone's needs. For me, almost any good-enough phone camera is OK because I don't take many photos and, when I do, I'm satisfied that they are just good enough. There is no way that I would pay extra for a special camera or make other sacrifices to get one.
posted on Feb 27, 2017, 9:08 AM 1
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The cool thing is that this technology has a high chance of making it into the OnePlus 4. We have seen how OnePlus "licence" technology from OPPO.
posted on Feb 27, 2017, 9:24 AM 0
Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015
Now that is what i call true innovation. I like oppo as a brand for their out if the box ideas. Their fast charging tech is by far the most efficient tech. This tech is just like a mini dslr and I believe this would be the future of smartphone photography.
posted on Feb 27, 2017, 9:55 AM 0
Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009
Now this sounds like actual zoom, not the two camera with fixed zoom ratios that are being mistakenly called zoom.
posted on Feb 27, 2017, 12:49 PM 4
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