Oppo announced its next generation periscope camera – just the module for now, but the first phones to use it can’t be far behind.
The module features a 7-element lens and is capable of adjusting its focal length from 85 mm to 135 mm (in 35 mm equivalent). The aperture starts at f/3.3 and ends at f/4.4 at the at maximum zoom. A new 16-bit high-precision driver IC accurately moves two groups of lenses for zooming as well as autofocus and optical image stabilization.
Wide angle lens • 85 mm • 135 mm
It’s not just a new lens, Oppo has worked on the sensor and image processing algorithms too. The “large” sensor (no dimensions given) has 32 MP resolution and a Quad Bayer filter. Using image stacking, the camera is capable of up to 280 mm hybrid zoom.
Assuming a 26 mm wide lens on the main camera, this module offers optical zoom from 3.3x to 5.2x, then hybrid zoom takes that up to just under 11x magnification.
Old vs. new periscope systems: at 85 mm • at 135 mm
A suspected successor to the Oppo Reno 10x zoom appeared on TENAA last month with talk of an upgraded periscope. That phone featured a 6.5” 90 Hz AMOLED display, 5G connectivity and a 3,945 mAh battery. Speaking of, Oppo is working on 125 W charging technology, which is also bound for future flagships.