Oppo showcase new retractable phone camera design
Oppos have recently showcased a prototype of a retractable rear camera in a mobile device at Inno Day 2021. It’s breakthrough technology and with this design, the Oppo team have managed to fit a large 1/1.56 inch 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor in an 8.26mm thick phone.
In this particular design, the actual sensor moves, so increasing the distance between the sensor and the lens. The result is a 50mm equivalent with 2x optical zoom, with vastly improved detail and a more natural portrait mode with better separation between subject and background.
Everything is splash and dust resistant, and impressively, the camera retracts automatically in 0.6 seconds if the phone is dropped.
No news yet on when this prototype will be released into their actual lineup of products, but Oppo is planning to incorporate this into their future devices.
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