Testing the Oppo Find X3 Pro's Microscope Camera Lens

MacRumors is an Apple-focused site, but sometimes we like to share notable new features that Apple's competitors add to their devices, as a look at what Apple might explore in the future and just to keep tabs on what other companies are up to. Oppo recently released a smartphone with a microscope lens, and we thought it would be fun to check it out and see how it works in our latest YouTube video.



The Oppo Find X3 Pro isn't a phone that's sold in the United States and it's rather expensive at 1,149 euros (~$1350), but it has an included 3-megapixel "Microlens," which may be a first for a smartphone.

The Find X3 Pro's Microlens offers 60x magnification and a ring light, so you can see things up close, as you can see in the video. It's an incredibly niche feature, but it definitely makes the Find X3 Pro stand out and it's fun to play with.

You can see the weave of the AirPods Max mesh headband, a strand of hair, the veins of a plant leaf, and more. You're going to need a steady hand or a tripod to get most items in focus, which is one downside.

Aside from the Microlens camera, Oppo's Find X3 Pro is a top-tier flagship smartphone that easily competes with other Android smartphones out on the market. It also features a 50-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera, a 50-megapixel wide-angle camera, and a 13-megapixel telephoto camera, so it's still offering what most competitors have, just with the bonus microscope lens.

You can get high-magnification microscopes that are able to wirelessly connect to a smartphone for less than $50 so this is functionality that you can replicate rather affordably, but it's certainly fun to have it right at your fingertips for your on-the-go magnification needs.

Since this smartphone isn't sold in the United States at this time it has to be imported, and even with the high-end features and microlens, it's probably not worth paying the $1300 asking price along with shipping fees to get one. A built-in microscope probably isn't something we're going to see in the iPhone in the near future, but it's an interesting concept.

Top Rated Comments

Piggie Avatar
15 months ago
Finally I might be able to see the pay rise from my boss I should have gotten..............
So far I've not been able to find it!
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Realityck Avatar
15 months ago

Competitors is a very generous word. I construe them as seamlessly copying parasites. I mean....just the name Oppo. C'mon.
Joke all you like but Oppo Electronics (Oppo) has been around for years. Owned by BBK which also owns OnePlus, Vivo, RealMe phone providers.


The brand name "Oppo" was registered in China in 2001 and launched in 2004. Since then, they have expanded to more than 40 countries.

In June 2016, Oppo became the biggest smartphone manufacturer in China, selling its phones at more than 200,000 retail outlets. Oppo was the top smartphone brand in China in 2019 and was ranked No. 5, in market share, worldwide.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zachz Avatar
15 months ago
Very neat feature, not sure how much practical use I'd get out of it but it definitely looks like a fun addition to play around with
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nickawhite Avatar
15 months ago
Need the lens to find the market for this feature, no? ;)
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
subjonas Avatar
15 months ago
I wouldn’t mind using this feature to look at the tiny white flies on my tomato plant, and bugs in general. But it’s too expensive for something I would probably stop using after awhile. Now if it was powerful enough to see tardigrades, that might convince me.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CarletonTorpin Avatar
15 months ago
It’s possible for ANY smartphone to achieve a similar level of close-focus as the X3.

Just put a pinhole in front of the camera lens.

It seems too simple to be true, but it works.

Video How-To: DIY Smartphone Pinhole Camera ('https://youtu.be/rqABdMSdVvQ')
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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