Oppo, as promised, has announced its all-new 5x Smartphone Photography Technology dubbed 5x Dual Camera Zoom system, which will debut on the company's phones later this year. Similar to last year, Oppo took the stage in Barcelona to reveal a new technology, and not a new hardware device. To recall, the Chinese company last year unveiled its Super VOOC Flash Charge battery technology
Oppo's new 5x Dual Camera Zoom system sports a periscope-style setup, and is claimed to kill the need of camera bump at the back with its sleek 5.7mm thickness. Unfortunately, the company has not announced when the new camera tech can be expected to debut on its phones. It's however highly possible that Oppo uses the new 5x Dual Camera Zoom system on its flagship smartphone.
The company at its Monday keynote revealed that the new optical zoom smartphone technology was developed by the company's engineers, and it took over a year. The 5x Dual Camera Zoom system packs more than 50 parts which have been stacked in a 5.7mm module. Oppo's 5x Dual Camera Zoom system diverts light through a prism into a stabilised telephoto lens set at a 90-degree angle. The company claims that the result is lossless 5x zoom, and it utilises Oppo's "proprietary image fusion technology for digital zoom."
"We are definitely putting a stake in the ground in terms of technological breakthroughs for mobile photography. The dual cameras with wide-angled and telephoto lens, together with the periscope-style construction, our image fusion technology and the Optical Image Stabilization, edges mobile photography even closer to what digital cameras are capable of doing. Our 5x Dual-Camera Zoom will again set yet another technological standard that others will emulate," said Sky Li, VP, Oppo, MD of International Mobile Business & President of Oppo India.
Oppo at its keynote also confirmed that the 5x Dual Camera Zoom technology was developed in collaboration with an Israeli startup named Corephotonics. The company that specialises in making dual camera setups for smartphones earlier this year managed to raise a whopping $15 million in a funding round. The biggest investors in the company included names like Foxconn, Samsung, and MediaTek. Oppo confirmed to CNET that it licensed the original patent from Corephotonics, and has since applied for 50 new patents.