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OPPO 85-200mm continuous zoom lens and RGBW sensor for smartphones revealed

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OPPO revealed a couple of groundbreaking technologies for mobile photography.

First, there’s the OPPO 85-200mm continuous optical zoom technology. Unlike the fixed telephoto lenses that we’re used to on smartphones, this technology mimics the one we see on professional cameras thanks to its moving lens elements.

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It uses a tunnel of magnetoresistance (TMR) sensor so the lenses can move precisely with stability. It consists of glass and plastic with two ultra-thin aspheric glass lenses. Responsible for guiding and moving is a shaft motor.

Since we can’t have a long lens sticking out the back of a smartphone, it utilizes a periscope-style lens. Besides having a seamless 85 to 200mm zooming, since you’re using the same lens on different focal lengths, the light balance and colors will remain consistent.

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Then, there’s the new OPPO RGBW sensor, which adds a white sub-pixel to the traditional red, green, and blue array. A 4-in-1 pixel binning is also present.

As per OPPO, it helps eliminate every other color filter so it can capture 60% more light. Plus, improve the noise reduction by 35%.

OPPO brags about the use of deep trench isolation (DTI) to isolate the light gathering pixels from neighboring ones, which helps reduce pixel cross-talk and improve the overall quality of the image.

The first smartphone to use this sensor will come out before the year ends, possibly to the successor to the OPPO Find series.

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But wait, there’s more. OPPO also introduced its 5-axis OIS (optical image stabilization) technology that can stabilize both the sensor and the lens itself.

It moves the lens on both the X and Y axis when shakiness is not too severe. But when the going gets tough, the sensor itself moves on the same axis. Rolling is also being prevented.

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During its camera hardware event, OPPO also shared the updates for its improved UD camera technology, which now has a 400-pixel density on the camera area and improved algorithms to improve both the display and image quality.

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