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cameras on smartphones get constantly better with each passing year with the introduction or mass adoption of innovative features. this year we’re witnessing the emergence of the concept of greater optical zoom than the conventional 2X. While OPPO has been improving upon its concept of 5X optical zoom lens for the over two years, Huawei became the first company to make the feature commercially available to its users with the Huawei P30 Pro.
Earlier this week, Samsung’s Electro-Mechanics arm announced that it has crafted an “ultra-slim” camera module with 5X optical zoom capabilities. This module is a millimeter slimmer than a convention 2X telephoto module, in spite of its requirements for 2.5 times longer focal length. This has been accomplished by using a periscopic setup identical to similar setups on the OPPO Reno 10X Zoom and Huawei P30 Pro.
Samsung can be expected to license this 5X optical zoom technology to other manufacturers, we are also eager to see its application on some of Samsung’s future devices, especially the Galaxy Note 10.