Oppo released a teaser in mid-January confirming a 10x zoom camera. Following this announcement, Oppo held an event on Saturday, just before MWC 2019, unveiling the lossless zoom technology that is now ready for mass production. The camera will be placed in Oppo’s new smartphone in the second quarter of 2019.
Lossless Zoom Technology
At the event, Oppo explained how its recent lossless zoom technology works. There will be three rear cameras on the phone – a 48 MP high-resolution primary camera lens, a 120-degree ultra-wide-angle lens with a focal length of 16 mm and a telephoto lens with a lens arrangement similar to a periscope.
To save space in the camera setup, Oppo used two autofocus (AF) motors for the first two lenses. The focal length of the third lens is 160mm, and there are two optical lenses connected by a prism and a D-cut in a horizontal alignment to reduce the thickness. The module is only 6.76mm thick.
These cameras have a focal range of 16 mm to 160 mm, which gives it a 10x zoom.
This lossless zoom technology uses optical image stabilization. The OIS is present both in the main lens and in the telephoto lens. This helps to reduce blurring and shaking when the user takes a photo by zooming in. Oppo claims that the accuracy of this stabilization is 0.001445 degrees. That’s 73% more than the 5x zoom technology they launched two years ago.
Oppo has tweeted photo comparisons for users to see what their new camera technology can do:
Oppo has also announced that lossless zoom technology will be present in the next phone they will release. However, Oppo announced the launch of its Oppo F11 Pro on March 5, so it remains to be seen what they will announce in Q2.
Oppo also showed off its new 5G phone at the event with a Snapdragon 855 processor. Oppo said they will work with SingTel, Telstra, Optus and Swisscom to launch a 5G device in the near future, although there is no solid release date yet.