A smartphone camera with 10x optical zoom may be in the works - If so, the paradigm shifts again for smartphones
Cameras have become a bigger and bigger selling phone of smartphones in recent years. CPUs and RAM have all become "good enough" but the innovation has largely been happening around cameras with augmented reality, night vision, stabilisers, HDR, digital zoom, AI learning from what the camera sees, and smartphones have become the vehicle for capturing memories for most people, not to mention some really outstanding photography.
One thing that has really lacked has been actual optical zoom. This challenge (due to such thin cameras) is compounded by having such small lenses so that fewer pixels and light can be captured (versus a large lens with a larger sensor on a DSLR) so anything further away, or where you want to crop a photo, a lot of detail is just lost. Optical zoom would go a long way to actually bringing that distant detail more in focus and usable. Combine this with some of the intelligence already invented with the use of AI, and smartphone cameras could really take a leap forward. It's the next frontier to be fully explored.
Of course, patents are going to affect how we as consumers will reap any benefit or not. Or will we all buy Oppo phones? Thank goodness though it is not Huawei so the USA should also see these new cameras.
But let's keep our eyes open for the actual announcement planned for 16th Jan.
|A smartphone camera with 10x optical zoom may be in the works
That's better than most standalone cameras.