OPPO Debuts its 5x Dual Camera Zoom Technology at MWC 2017


On February 27 Chinese electronics giant OPPO invaded the floor at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and unveiled the world's first periscope-style dual camera technology for smartphone cameras called 5x Dual Camera Zoom. This new camera tech is also the first ever lossless 5x dual camera zoom that captures images of similar quality to snaps from digital cameras.

OPPO claims that it took them almost a year to develop this new 5x camera from the ground up and that it will re-design current standards of dual-camera solutions that can only achieve a 2x zoom.
"The '5x Dual Camera Zoom' has opened up yet another realm of possibility in terms of smartphone photography, and is a reflection of our dedication to delivering on what our customers want and need - to take beautiful and clear pictures. Our 5x Dual Camera Zoom will again set yet another technological standard that others will emulate." said OPPO Vice President and Managing Director of International Mobile Business Sky Li.
OPPO came up with this first-ever lossless 5x dual camera zoom that captures landscapes, portraits, and close-ups with the same depths and vividness of images from digital camera by matching the 3x optical zoom to propriety image fusion technology.


The design of 5x Dual Camera Zoom takes inspirations from a submarine's periscope. A 90-degree angle shift on the telephoto lens gives space for deep zoom, while a periscope-style prism gives the light a 90-degree path for the light entering the camera. The periscope-style prism then sends the image through the telephoto lens when the user zooms in on a subject or object.

The periscope design also keeps the 5x dual camera module at only 5.7mm thick, which is 10 percent thinner than a smartphone's typical 2x optical zoom lens.

Another achievement of the "5x Dual Camera Zoom" is a state-of-the-art optical image stabilization (OIS), which OPPO applied directly to the telephoto lens. The approach is a departure from the method used by other manufacturers who use optical image stabilization on the wide-angle lens.

By allowing both the prism and telephoto lens to intelligently sense vibrations, the new OIS technology eliminates vibration-caused blurs and ensures clarity at full 5x Zoom. The all-new OIS solution also improves the performance of previous generations by 40 percent  while its prism mechanism dynamically adjust its angle at precise increments of 0.0025 degrees.


The introduction of pre-installed beautification feature in smartphone cameras was OPPO's first breakthrough in mobile photography. The beautification feature is now a standard configuration in every Android phone. Beautify 4.0, the latest iteration of the beautifying app, is installed in devices like F1s.

In 2016, OPPO introduced the camera-focused "Selfie Expert" F-series. The second phone in the series, the F1 Plus is the first device to sport a 16MP front camera. That same year, OPPO and Sony co-developed the customized 1/2.8-inch IMX398 sensor with big f/1.7 aperture for its R9s model.

Image credits: OPPO

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