OPPO’s new camera tech provides 5x lossless zoom on smartphones


OPPO 5x optical zoom

OPPO is at the cutting-edge when it comes to smartphone photography. Today at MWC 2017, OPPO announced a breakthrough technology that can equip smartphones with 5x zoom capability.

Most Android smartphones in the market use digital zoom, which can cause grainy images.

OPPO’s patented technology boasts 5x loss-less optical zoom using a persicope-style dual-camera setup. The fun doesn’t stop there. OPPO has also included optical image stabilisation which is a feature found on high-end DSLRs.

All this technology has been crammed into a tiny space and the resulting smartphone is just 5.7 mm thick!

The nearest contender is the iPhone 7 which offers 2x optical zoom and is more than 7mm thick.

OPPO 5x Sky Li

Sky Li, OPPO Vice President and Managing Director of International Mobile Business, said, “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.”

OPPO had kept R&D under wraps for the past year and has filed more than 50 patents to make this breakthrough possible.

How It Works

Simply put, the “5x Dual Camera Zoom” technology is modeled after a submarine’s periscope.

The dual camera setup uses a wide-angle as well as a telephoto lens. The telephoto lens is housed in an innovative periscope structure which uses a prism to redirect light to the camera sensor. There is enough room for the lens to move and zoom in on a subject selected by the user.

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OPPO 5x optical zoom

The resulting zoomed-in image will allow users to capture stunning close-ups and portraits while employing artistic effects like bokeh.

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Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS)

5x optical zoom capability is only part of the solution. With zoom lenses come unwanted side-effects like magnified vibrations and shaky images.

The components of the zoom setup are configured to detect the minutest vibrations – 0.0025to be precise. The prism and the telephoto lens can work in conjunction to compensate for vibrations or jerky movements in real-time.

The resulting OIS can drastically improve the quality of images even at 5x zoom.

OPPO 5x optical zoom optical image stabilisation

5x optical zoom may sound like a cheap joke compared to most DSLR cameras out there but one has to consider the rate at which smartphone photography is catching up to professional standards.

The days of bulky camera equipment are numbered, smartphone cameras are the the future.

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12 Comments

  1. Nicolas Marshall
    February 27, 2017

    Oppo is really going places.

  2. xi7
    February 27, 2017

    oppo r9s plus , fake ?

  3. HBK
    February 27, 2017

    Lol. Asus Zenfone zoom did this 2 years ago. Very similar tech. They were moving the lenses to change focal length.
    And then they dumped it, probably sold it to oppo.

    The reason they dumped this in zenfone 2 is because the image sensor as well as the lenses are needed to be put in verticle so this cant be used with a good sensor.
    Ex. Even a 1/3.0 sensor is 4.8mm wide which makes lenses and assembly atleast over 7mm. (If not more, normally its 8.5mm)

    Ex. Galaxy s7’s 1/2.5 sensor with f/1.7 has a module size of 12.1×12.1 mm.
    While a 1/2.3 sensor with f/1.8 is 10.5×10.5mm

    Long story short, i dont think. they will be using a sensor bigger than 1/3.2in sensor.
    Which is kinda not so good. Even good selfie cams have bigger sensor these days.

    • hotphil
      February 27, 2017

      Agreed. And that’s yet another reason that manufacturers need to stop this nonsense of racing to make the thinnest phone possible.
      Someone please, take this zoom idea, enlarge it to have a decent sensor (and hence make a really good camera phone), make the rest of the chassis the necessary height so it’s comfortable to hold, fill the space with battery so it’s good for more than 1 day and build some ruggedness into the chassis so it doesn’t need a bulky add-on case. Job done.

  4. Nicolas Marshall
    February 27, 2017

    Oppo is really going places.

  5. xi7
    February 27, 2017

    oppo r9s plus , fake ?

  6. Guest
    February 27, 2017

    Lol. Asus Zenfone zoom did this 2 years ago. Very similar tech. They were moving the lenses to change focal length.
    And then they dumped it, probably sold it to oppo.

    The reason they dumped this in zenfone 2 is because the image sensor as well as the lenses are needed to be put in verticle so this cant be used with a good sensor.
    Ex. Even a 1/3.0 sensor is 4.8mm wide which makes lenses and assembly atleast over 7mm. (If not more, normally its 8.5mm)

    Ex. Galaxy s7’s 1/2.5 sensor with f/1.7 has a module size of 12.1×12.1 mm.
    While a 1/2.3 sensor with f/1.8 is 10.5×10.5mm

    Long story short, i dont think. they will be using a sensor bigger than 1/3.2in sensor.
    Which is kinda not so good. Even good selfie cams have bigger sensor these days.

    • hotphil
      February 28, 2017

      Agreed. And that’s yet another reason that manufacturers need to stop this nonsense of racing to make the thinnest phone possible.
      Someone please, take this zoom idea, enlarge it to have a decent sensor (and hence make a really good camera phone), make the rest of the chassis the necessary height so it’s comfortable to hold, fill the space with battery so it’s good for more than 1 day and build some ruggedness into the chassis so it doesn’t need a bulky add-on case. Job done.

  7. NextHype
    February 28, 2017

    Just put that tech in Find 9 and sell it already, Oppo

  8. NextHype
    February 28, 2017

    Just put that tech in Find 9 and sell it already, Oppo

  9. HBK
    February 28, 2017

    This Corephotonics Hawkeye.
    An year old.

    Google it.

    What R&D? Oppo and innovative Lol.. Please.

    https://m.dpreview.com/articles/1931232471/corephotonics-launches-5x-zoom-and-low-noise-camera-modules

  10. Guest
    February 28, 2017

    This Corephotonics Hawkeye.
    An year old.

    Google it.

    What R&D? Oppo and innovative Lol.. Please.

    https://m.dpreview.com/articles/1931232471/corephotonics-launches-5x-zoom-and-low-noise-camera-modules