Oppo officially announces its 5x optical zoom technology

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.

The 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.

source: Oppo



1. maddy996

Posts: 128; 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!

13. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

PA...the iPhone does not have 2x optical zoom. Is has 2 cameras. One at 28mm one at 58mm. That is all. Any zooming is digital, period. Anyone who thinks differently is an idiot.

2. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Nice going Oppo.

15. AlikMalix unregistered

How is this different from what Apple designed in 2011? http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/03/14/iphone-optical-zoom/

16. AlikMalix unregistered

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/Apple-granted-patent-for-a-breakthrough-camera-invention--future-iPhones-may-have-zoom-lens-more-efficient-OIS_id67557

17. AlikMalix unregistered

So, crickets, huh?.... that's what I thought...

3. parasshah100

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.

4. Moose

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.

5. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

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.

9. Furbal unregistered

Stuff like this would justify a price increase again. OP please bring it this year. We need more competition

10. maddy996

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

No chance until first two years of implementation in it's own devices

6. Sidewinder

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.

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

great.. asus leave this kind of zooming and goes to dual camera setup.. it's great to see other manufacturer continue to explore optical zoom for smartphone :D

11. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Now this is innovation.....

18. AlikMalix unregistered

Post #15 and #16 above....

12. tedkord

Posts: 17414; 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.

14. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015


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