At their Mobile World Congress press event today Oppo unveiled an amazing new camera module which brings proper optical zoom capability to smartphones without the bulk of a protruding lens.
Best appreciated vertically, the module would use a prism to bend the outside light vertically and direct it down a stack of lenses meaning the depth of the lens system is converted into the vertical height.
The system is supported by a large sensor and very precise optical image stabilization, with an accuracy of up to 0.001445 degrees, necessary when zooming into objects at a distance.
Using all this technology Oppo has managed to keep the camera module to only 6.76mm thick, while still packing in an additional 48-megapixel high-resolution main camera, and a 120-degree ultra-wide camera. The last two cameras share the same auto-focus module.
Oppo presented these two pictures as examples of what the technology can do:
I think our readers will agree this is certainly very impressive.
Oppo said the unnamed smartphone with the advanced camera module will be released in Q2 2019.