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OPPO promises 5x optical zoom without an ugly camera bump

OPPO isn't launching a new phone at Mobile World Congress, but the Chinese manufacturer is showing off its latest camera tech at the conference. The company is debuting 5x Dual Camera Zoom, an interesting take on the dual camera module designed to deliver 5x optical zoom without the need for a bulky module.

The culmination of a year-long development effort, OPPO's sensor features a telephoto lens and wide-angle lens, which isn't all that different from what other vendors have done. What's unique about OPPO's approach is that the telephoto lens is set at a 90-degree angle, with a periscope-style setup diverting light from a prism and onto the lens.

In doing so, OPPO has managed to shrink the size of the camera module to just 5.7mm, allowing it to fit into phones and not have a protrusion sticking out the back. The sensor itself has over 50 individual parts, and OPPO is also offering improved image stabilization.

OPPO hasn't detailed when the sensor will make its debut, but it should be making its way into the company's 2017 flagship.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

13 Comments
  • This is a cool innovation. I was thinking about horizontal zooming in my self a couple of months ago. Glad to see it materialized.
  • You let the idea flow :)
  • Agreed - however ...
    Please proofread your work
    Article headline: OPPO promises 5x digital zoom without an ugly camera bump...
    Article goes on to say that it's really 5X OPTICAL zoom.
  • Someone doesn't understand the difference between optical and digital zoom. The proposed system here is OPTICAL zoom, not digital.
  • I thought I fixed that before it went out. Thanks for pointing it out.
  • 5X digital zoom. Wow...
  • Hoping in the near future Oppo releases one of their phones in the US w/ this feature
  • And there's the technology I thought was going to be in the Nexus 6P when we were all speculating why it had that black bar on the back.. Glad to see someone invented it
  • I read "50 individual parts" as "quality issues galore". Not in a "this will take poor photos", but in a "I dropped my phone, and now my camera won't take pictures."
  • My thoughts exactly
  • Isn't this kinda likewhat asus did with their zenfone zoom phones? The differences I see are the position of the sensor and the number of prisms.
  • How shock proof will the optical assembly be? Say, if I dropped it onto the concrete parking lot of the nude beach while making a hasty retreat? Will it still work?
  • lol (actually)