Do you still remember those times when we used to carry a digital camera? When the iPhone was introduced, it began to disappear slowly. The fun fact is that our iPhone’s camera gets even better every time a new model arrives. Making it more practical to own an iPhone instead of a digital camera.
Since we are talking about cameras, one of our favorite iPhone camera functions is to zoom in or out the objects that we want to capture. But the main challenge is, as we continue to zoom the camera further, the quality of the image decreases.
This diminishing of quality was lessened through the improvements of the camera’s performance and features, not to mention, the huge camera improvements inside the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
During Oppo’s unveiling of their Hybrid Zoom Technology back in 2020, the mobile phone company shook the world of photography. With the help of their Periscope Lens, images zoomed in are clearer and sharper.
Moreover, their technology claims that it can match the 85mm and 135mm focal length of a professional camera lens. In the same year, Apple released their iPhone 12 lineups to match this camera zoom competition.
So a Periscope Lens works pretty much like a periscope on a submarine. Light enters the front element and is then reflected 90 degrees by an angled mirror. It passes through any other lens elements before hitting the camera sensor and is then recorded as a photo.
Digital versus Optical Zoom
Now, if you’re thinking your iPhone already has a 10x zoom, you’d be right, but also very wrong. There’s a reason why focal length is more distinct than zoom multipliers.
With digital zoom, a photo is somewhat cropped and would appear zoomed in on a particular point, and the image quality lowers. While with optical zoom, magnification is a result of the optical properties of a lens with a longer focal length. Distant objects genuinely appear closer, as if seen through a telescope, with no loss in image quality.
The big question is, do we need Periscope Lenses on iPhones? Well, if you seldom use your iPhone’s camera, maybe you aren’t interested in it. But if you love photography, you’ll surely be excited about this. Imagine still getting clearer pictures even if the object is meters away.
So, drum roll, please…Hello iPhone Periscope Lens!
Apple already got its patent for this technology, so expect the next high-end iPhone models to have Periscope Lenses next year 2022. We have to wait and see if this new technology patent can beat Samsung’s latest smartphones capable of zooming up to 100x zoom.
With Apple rolling out their high-end models next year, expect to have better camera zoom capabilities with their coming Periscopic Lenses. The battle for the best camera has just begun. Who do you think will dominate? Who will get the title of the best smartphone periscope lens camera?
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