Samsung 5x Optical Zoom Camera Module in Mass Production From This Month: Report

Samsung has also released sample shots of photos taken with 2x zoom and 5x optical zoom.

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Samsung 5x Optical Zoom Camera Module in Mass Production From This Month: Report

Samsung has used the refracting light method to keep the module thin

Highlights
  • Samsung’s new 5x optical zoom module is just 5mm thin
  • It is reported to go in mass production this month
  • Sample photos are shared of 2x and 5x optical zoom

South Korean company is reportedly ready with its own 5X optical zoom smartphone camera. The company has started mass producing the module, hinting that it should be integrated into one of the upcoming phones. This module will compete with Huawei P30 Pro's periscope-style sensor and Oppo Reno 10x zoom module as well. Samsung has also released sample shots of photos taken with 2x zoom and 5x optical zoom, to demo its new sensor capabilities.

ETNews reports that the module is in mass production from this month. The optical zoom should have 2.5x longer focal length than the optical 2x zoom. The report states that to prevent the module from protruding outside of the camera, Samsung has developed an ultra-slim optical 5x zoom camera module that fits well inside the slim body of the phone. Samsung stacks the sensors and lenses vertically, just like how we see on the Huawei P30 Pro, to enable optical zoom without increasing thickness.

The incoming light is refracted at right angles using a mirror, and the entire camera module is only 5mm thick. This is impressive given that the conventional 2x optical zoom module is 6mm thick, so the improvement in zoom comes with reduced thickness, an impressive achievement.

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Samsung 5x Optical Zoom Camera Samples

There's no word on which smartphone will get Samsung's 5x optical zoom module first. It could be the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 set to release in the fall, or a new premium ‘Galaxy A' series model that may be slated for launch something in this year as well. Given that the module is in mass production from this month, we should see it on a Samsung phone soon.

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Tasneem Akolawala Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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