Oppo Introduces 10x Optical Zoom Triple-Camera Smartphone

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Android smartphone manufacturer Oppo has introduced a 10x optical zoom camera system that is said to be shipping in the spring. Engadget describes the system:

    Both the main camera and zoom camera come with optical image stabilization, and the phone interpolates between fixed zoom settings to provide continuous "optical" zoom from 1x to 10x.

    Oppo allowed hands on time with prototypes of the device with early software. GSMArena and PCWorld provide some sample zoom shots from ultra-wide to 10x zoom.

    10x zoom sample shot via PCWorld

    Apple has been widely rumored to be including a triple camera system in their 2019 iPhones. The mosts recent rumor from Ming Chi Kuo indicates that the new iPhones will have a "wide, telephoto, and ultra-wide lens". Apple describes the current iPhone XS as having "Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras".

    Beyond the presence of the three cameras, the exact advantages to Apple's new system has not been fully articulated. The most concrete features described of the new camera system came from Bloomberg:
    Apple's next generation 2019 iPhones are expected to launch this fall.

    Article Link: Oppo Introduces 10x Optical Zoom Triple-Camera Smartphone
  2. ohbrilliance macrumors 6502a


    May 15, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
  3. bladerunner2000 macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2015
    Everybody's innovating while Apple only knows how to raise the price.
  4. Mac Fly (film) macrumors 65816

    Mac Fly (film)

    Feb 12, 2006
    Whatever about folding phones, which I personally believe will remain a gimmick for the next decade, until they become good—at which point I still won’t want one because I’m trying to be diet digital for mental health reasons, the idea of adding more cameras to phones. Something that sounds odd at first, has genuine practical use for all users. Imagine the chambers of a gun for a moment, and each one is a camera of differing focal length and the center bearing is the flash. With elegant software this product could be an amazing camera in a phone body, able to zoom in on many more things and provide awesome clarity with awesome after the fact focus correction.
  5. Freida macrumors 68000

    Oct 22, 2010
    if they can use software to take advantage (ie, the camera will take picture from all lenses and then digitally calculates depth etc.) then we could have a really good improvement. Otherwise it won't be that crazy useful
  6. I7guy macrumors Core


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    Whose “everybody”? And is a personal definition of innovation at play here?
  7. mozumder macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2009
    Apple really should have added a super-wide-angle lens instead of a telephoto lens first. Super-wide-angle lenses are so much more useful than telephoto lenses.
  8. MVMNT macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2010
    Gone are the MegaPixel wars.

    It’s now all about who can out-zoom who.
  9. Michael Goff Suspended

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    Being able to zoom far is actually useful, though.
  10. apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    Ok now this is interesting... Will have to watch reviews of it.
  11. mi7chy, Feb 23, 2019
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    mi7chy macrumors 603


    Oct 24, 2014
    Always thought 2x zoom is more of a gimmick vs ultrawide since you can't back into a wall but can zoom with your feet. 10x zoom, on the other hand, can be useful.
  12. sterlingindigo macrumors 6502


    Dec 7, 2007
    East Lansing
  13. Michael Goff Suspended

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    The fifth biggest smartphone company in the world.
  14. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    Do my eyes deceive me? Are some of ya'll actually saying that optical zoom is not useful? o_O

    Anyways, been waiting on Oppo to implement this for several years now.
  15. Michael Goff Suspended

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    Well, yeah, because Oppo isn't their team and that's what this is all about.
  16. Zenithal, Feb 23, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2019

    Zenithal macrumors G3

    Sep 10, 2009
    Oh, this is just showing off now.
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    Just bookmark the posts and wait until Apple introduces 10x optical hardware zoom in a few years* and see what they said then.

    *Few Years: 8 years from now.
  17. justperry, Feb 23, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2019

    justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    Home is everywhere and nowhere.
    Typo, it's GSMArena.

    Edit: If you hover over the link it shows the correct name.
  18. Zenithal macrumors G3

    Sep 10, 2009
    Dump social media. You can use tech and not be glued to it. Social media, however, has many nasties.
  19. nexusrule macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2012
    If you read the article you would know the 10x zoom is expected in the next iPhone. It’s just a matter of the technology been ready now and the iPhone updates coming in September. And if you read the article you would also know the Oppo phone is expected in at least a couple of months, so it’s more a matter of 4-5 months than your 8 years .
  20. wigby macrumors 68000

    Jun 7, 2007
    Super wide lenses are only useful for front facing selfie cameras with 4 or more people in the frame. I cannot think of a reason for ultra wide rear facing except for taking distorted pics of small interior spaces.

    Apple's 2x telephoto has come in handy many times when I cannot physically get closer to a subject but a 3x or 4x would be even nicer.

    All of these choices are great but I really think the smartphone camera battles are all played out. They all look good enough. For those of us that really need high quality photos, a dedicated DSLR or mirrorless is much better. Everything else is just about convenience.
  21. dannyyankou macrumors G3


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    Wow that’s impressive. I wonder how the quality of the 10x lens is. It looks decent from that sample they provided, so I’m curious to see more examples.
  22. mozumder macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2009
    Landscapes. BIG party pics. Dramatic angles. Super-wide angles are far more useful that way.

    But for me - 2.39:1 cinematography aspect ratio that demands super-wide angles for the same vertical field-of-view as 16:9.

    I suspect you'll see a lot more 2.39:1 videos in the future.
  23. kwikdeth macrumors 65816

    Feb 25, 2003
    Tempe, AZ
    I for one am looking forward to seeing this technology pop up in a OnePlus phone, since they're an Oppo subsidiary.
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    My life has gotten much less stressful since I ditched all social media (except genuine forum sites, obviously) about six months ago.
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    you would be more familiar with one of their subsidiaries, OnePlus. Oppo doesnt do much, if any, direct business in the US.
  24. s15119 macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2010
    It's amazing what we are doing with small phone cameras these days. I have a XS Max and I hardly ever pull out my Nikon anymore. The only thing I need it for is zoom or wide shots.
  25. macguru212 macrumors 6502


    Apr 17, 2009

    It's like 1970s filmmaking all over again - the golden age of zoom.

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