The Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite was introduced as the cheapest 5G smartphone. One month later, Xiaomi revealed the Xiaomi Mi 10 Youth or Mi 10 Lite Zoom, the cheapest 5G phone to offer a periscope zoom lens yet. Today, the company decided to share some details explaining how the periscope lens withing the Mi 10 Youth works. The handset delivers 50x Digital Zoom and up to 5x optical zoom. These numbers are truly expressive for a device that isn’t so expensive like other Snapdragon 765G offerings.
Xiaomi explains how Mi 10 Youth Telephoto module works
The focal length term describes the zooming capabilities of a lens. It comes from the distance between lens and the image sensor. The distance is proportional to the distance from the lens to the object that is being photographed. Considering the fact that smartphones can’t be thick, focal length is limited. Then, we have the Periscope mechanism to offer a solution for this.
The periscope solution goes sideways and features a prism that reflects light 90-degrees. It allows for a much longer focal length. The mechanism works alongside the OIS functionality. It works by stabilizing up and down motion via the use of a 5-element lens between it and the sensor. It’s a complicated module, but Xiaomi managed to bring it to an affordable price tag which is impressive. Although it still is relatively thick, Xiaomi makes use of a D-cut lens, it’s 7.6% thinner than traditional lenses.
All this work delivers a 122mm lens offering up to 5x optical zoom and 50x Digital Zoom. Moreover, the phone is only 7.9mm thick which is truly impressive. The Mi 10 Youth marks the beginning of a new era where we may see more telephoto-powered phones coming in the mid-range segment. The handset is relatively cheaper than other 5G devices and should be released in Europe with a €420 price tag. In the old continent and the rest of the globe, the handset may come with the Mi 10 Lite Zoom moniker.