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Oppo Introduces 10x Optical Zoom Triple-Camera Smartphone

Android smartphone manufacturer Oppo has introduced a 10x optical zoom camera system that is said to be shipping in the spring. Engadget describes the system:
This will still be enabled by a triple-camera module, but now we know that from top to bottom, it'll start with a 48-megapixel high-resolution main camera, followed by a 120-degree ultra-wide camera and a stealthy periscopic telephoto camera. Together, these cameras cover a range of 16mm to 160mm, hence the 10x zoom rating.

Both the main camera and zoom camera come with optical image stabilization, and the phone interpolates between fixed zoom settings to provide continuous "optical" zoom from 1x to 10x.

Oppo allowed hands on time with prototypes of the device with early software. GSMArena and PCWorld provide some sample zoom shots from ultra-wide to 10x zoom.

10x optical zoom
10x zoom sample shot via PCWorld

Apple has been widely rumored to be including a triple camera system in their 2019 iPhones. The mosts recent rumor from Ming Chi Kuo indicates that the new iPhones will have a "wide, telephoto, and ultra-wide lens". Apple describes the current iPhone XS as having "Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras".

Beyond the presence of the three cameras, the exact advantages to Apple's new system has not been fully articulated. The most concrete features described of the new camera system came from Bloomberg:
A third camera on the back of the 2019 iPhone will help the device capture a larger field of view and enable a wider range of zoom. It will also capture more pixels so Apple software could, for example, automatically repair a video or photo to fit in a subject that may have been accidentally cut off from the initial shot, according to the people familiar with the plans.
Apple's next generation 2019 iPhones are expected to launch this fall.

Related Roundup: 2019 iPhones


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12 weeks ago
Everybody's innovating while Apple only knows how to raise the price.
Rating: 70 Votes
12 weeks ago

Gone are the MegaPixel wars.

It’s now all about who can out-zoom who.


Being able to zoom far is actually useful, though.
Rating: 34 Votes
12 weeks ago

Yeah, but what’s an Oppo?


The fifth biggest smartphone company in the world.
Rating: 29 Votes
12 weeks ago

Everybody's innovating while Apple only knows how to raise the price.

Whose “everybody”? And is a personal definition of innovation at play here?
Rating: 27 Votes
12 weeks ago
Introducing camera shake to the masses
Rating: 17 Votes
12 weeks ago
Gone are the MegaPixel wars.

It’s now all about who can out-zoom who.
Rating: 13 Votes
12 weeks ago
Apple really should have added a super-wide-angle lens instead of a telephoto lens first. Super-wide-angle lenses are so much more useful than telephoto lenses.
Rating: 13 Votes
12 weeks ago

Do my eyes deceive me? Are some of ya'll actually saying that optical zoom is not useful? o_O

Anyways, been waiting on Oppo to implement this for several years now.


Well, yeah, because Oppo isn't their team and that's what this is all about.
Rating: 12 Votes
12 weeks ago
Oh, this is just showing off now.
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Well, yeah, because Oppo isn't their team and that's what this is all about.

Just bookmark the posts and wait until Apple introduces 10x optical hardware zoom in a few years* and see what they said then.


*Few Years: 8 years from now.
Rating: 9 Votes
12 weeks ago

Super wide lenses are only useful for front facing selfie cameras with 4 or more people in the frame. I cannot think of a reason for ultra wide rear facing except for taking distorted pics of small interior spaces.

Landscapes. BIG party pics. Dramatic angles. Super-wide angles are far more useful that way.

But for me - 2.39:1 cinematography aspect ratio that demands super-wide angles for the same vertical field-of-view as 16:9.

I suspect you'll see a lot more 2.39:1 videos in the future.
Rating: 9 Votes

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