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Oppo’s new technology can now fit 5x dual camera zoom into a smartphone

Oppo didn’t unveil a new device at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona but it did reveal new technology – the world’s first 5x dual-camera zoom for a smartphone.

With photography now a central part of the modern smartphone, the ability for a device’s camera to produce good images can mean the difference between whether a customer decides to buy it or not.

Oppo’s new technology took a year to develop and offers 5x dual zoom that is sure to be a part of the company’s upcoming smartphones.

The ability to create a 5x optical zoom within the slim chassis of a smartphone is quite a challenge. A challenge that Oppo met head on.

To achieve this Oppo uses a periscope style dual-camera technology where lenses are arranged in an array side by side instead of on top of each other.

And with the dual cameras, the wide-angled lens and telephoto lens, working at right angles like a periscope and the result is the industry’s first-ever lossless 5x zoom.

Oppo’s image fusion technology also brings optical image stabilisation to the telephoto lens and improves performance by 40 per cent.

An image taken with Oppo 5x dual camera zoom technology and optical image stabilisation
An image taken with Oppo 5x dual camera zoom technology and optical image stabilisation

The complete construction of the periscope technology is just 5.7mm thick which is 10 per cent thinner than a regular 2x optical zoom lens in a smartphone.

“We are definitely putting a stake in the ground in terms of technological breakthroughs for mobile photography,” said Sky Li, Oppo vice president and managing director of international mobile business.

“The dual cameras with wide-angled and telephoto lens, together with the periscope-style construction, our image fusion technology and the Optical Image Stabilisation, edges mobile photography even closer to what digital cameras are capable of doing.

“Our 5x Dual-Camera Zoom will again set yet another technological standard that others will emulate.”

* Stephen Fenech travelled to Barcelona as a guest of Huawei 

About Stephen Fenech

Stephen is the Tech Guide editor and one of Australia's most respected tech journalists. He is a regular on radio and TV talking about the latest tech news, products and trends.

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