iPhone 3GS has MOTORIZED lense!

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  1. glossywhite macrumors 65816

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    Hi all. I don't know if anyone else has examined the autofocus lense of the 3GS, but I have just done so... and the lense is indeed motorized!. If you set the camera to focus on your fingertip and then hold the camera corner of the 3GS at a slight angle to a light source, so that the hole in the casing for the camera, casts a slight shadow on the lense mount, and then move your finger back and forth, you will SEE the lense mount MOVING inside the 3GS!.

    I was not THAT surprised, but it sure is nice to know Apple have done this properly with a voice coil & magnet mechanism (probably?) and not used some pixel-shuffling, grain inducing digital quasi-autofocus trickery.

    Just hadn't seen many people mention this as yet; I'm going to TRY and make a video of it, using... yep, the 3GS (in a mirror!). In the meantime, peruse my rather rushed efforts at macro photos:
     

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  2. ViPa macrumors 6502a

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    obviously you were if you made a thread about it
     
  3. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Now is the el cheapo $10 lens for the rumored next-gen Touch going to be motorized (have autofocus)?
     
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    Isn't the $10 one the one on the iPhone?
     
  5. glossywhite thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yes, a little... your point?
     
  6. cellocello macrumors 68000

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    yeah, that's cool.

    It does make me a little jealous of the 3Gs :eek: hahah
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    Not to sound flippant but how else would an autofocus lens work. There there has to be a motor to change the distance between lens and the sensor
     
  8. taran420 macrumors 6502a

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    woah woah, slow down cowboy, one step at a time
     
  9. cellocello macrumors 68000

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    Hmm ... I would assume it's gonna be the 3G camera, but Apple could prove that wrong and 'splurge' on it.
     
  10. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Is it? They always cripple certain features to drive the more expensive product's sale.
     
  11. TMar macrumors 68000

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    Liquid focus lenses?
     
  12. glossywhite thread starter macrumors 65816

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    The parts being stockpiled are the same ones in the 3GS.
     
  14. raxxal macrumors member

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    Wholly Cow! The Iphone is possess. I just did a quick check, and yes, you can see the lens moving.
     
  15. richard371 macrumors 68000

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    Yup and thats why the 3GS rattles around the camera when you set it down.

    When there is no voltage applied to the magnetic coil containing the lens it moves freely. The curve 8900 has the same lens and it rattles too. Its harmless but people complain about it.
     
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  17. fishmoose macrumors 68000

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    Lens in French.
     
  18. frikfrak macrumors regular

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    Not only did we get a mechanical auto focus, it comes with a FREE rattle! I've yet to see one that doesn't. I've tested 17 for the infamous rattle: 13 at Apple, 2 at ATT store, mine and a friend's - all have the cheapo sounding noise when you set the phone down on its back, or tap on the back around the camera.
     
  19. glossywhite thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That's the lense element moving - it's sprung - what did you expect, and how on earth does that make it 'cheapo'?!. Don't tap TOO hard.
     
  20. Merkie macrumors 68020

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    What's so weird about this fact? Every autofocus camera has a motorized lens, they've been in phones for years. Nothing special here. :confused:
     
  21. meagain macrumors 68030

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    I wish they'd make a bit of a zoom. Every pic I take looks so much farther away then it is.
     
  22. glossywhite thread starter macrumors 65816

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    When did I say it was weird?. No, NOT all autofocus camera phones have motorized lenses; I used to repair and unlock mobiles and the only one I have seen to date (I'm probably out of date here) was the K750i by SE.

    Many cameras synthesize functions digitally, so this is why I made a point of informing people. Sorry, is that an issue for you?. Not everyone is all-knowing with hi-tech, and yes, it DID surprise me in a pleasant way.
     
  23. cellocello macrumors 68000

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    Man, I remember when I used to think those Sony phones were the bee's knees.
     

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