OPPO announced what it is calling 10-times lossless zoom technology at MWC
Although OPPO only recently launched in the UK, it is a huge smartphone manufacturer in Asia and appears determined to achieve successful expansion in more European markets.
OPPO consistently touts its smartphone design and camera systems as being huge reasons to pick up one of their devices.
While the Chinese OEM did not focus on the former during its MWC presentation, it was determined to innovate on the latter.
Such a move seemingly challenges the Huawei P30 Pro that has been teased to feature improved camera zooming in particular.
Ahead of the firm’s P30 series reveal in Paris on March 26, Huawei has suggested its next generation of smartphones will feature a new zoom system.
A recent tweet with an image attached from the tech giant appeared to offer a tantalising glimpse at the quality of shots that could be touted from snaps taken at far distances on the device.
The caption for the post read: “The competition isn’t even close. A better zoom is coming.”
But while Huawei has teased improved photography on its next line of handsets, OPPO has shown an incredible camera zooming feat in action.
At MWC 2019 OPPO announced what it is calling 10-times lossless zoom technology that Express.co.uk can confirm represents a huge step forward in smartphone photography.
The new camera system debuted on an unannounced OPPO device that was shielded with a case as to not reveal its design.
The phone in question had a triple-camera system that was comprised of a 48-megapixel main sensor, a wide-angle system and a telephoto lens.
Essentially, OPPO is claiming that from its wide-angle system to its telephoto lens, it manages to offer a 10-times optical zoom that boasts high levels of detail and clarity.
While the standard and wide-angle systems look very familiar as displayed on other smartphones, the telephoto offers a rectangular form factor.
That is because the telephoto system has adopted a periscope-style structure that is responsible for the added zoom quality.
OPPO has emphasised both the main camera and the telephoto unit come equipped with optical image stabilisation (OIS) that allow the system to combat blur.
Following the announcement of the new offering, Express.co.uk had a chance to go hands-on with the technology to see how it truly performs.
The new camera system debuted on an unannounced OPPO device
The OPPO telephoto system has adopted a periscope-style structure
It is worth noting during this outlet’s testing, we were only able to take standard photos with the device.
OPPO has clearly designed its zooming system for the sole purpose of focusing on objects that are far away and not for delivering any kind of macro photography.
That is because the focus range of the system does not allow for objects that are near to be zoomed in on without blur being introduced.
However, when performing in its focus range, OPPO’s hardware truly represents the step forward in smartphone photography the industry has been craving.
Zooming in to 10-times from the phone’s wide-angle system produced shots with incredible levels of clarity.
The biggest compliment that can be paid to the system is that images taken with such zoom do not feel hamstrung for the fact.
OPPO will release its smartphone with the camera system in question later this year
An image taken using the wide-angle system on the device
Although it has a 10-times lossless zoom, the camera can also take a 20-times digital zoom (shown)
Instead, they are clear, focused and retain huge amounts of detail.
It is worth noting during our testing the camera shutter in the software failed to keep up with our actual movements at times.
This meant when taking zoomed in pictures, a few seconds to align the camera was needed before we hit the shutter.
OPPO’s equipment does not come close to rivalling the quality of shots offered by cameras and lenses purposely built to offer laudable zooming.
However, it easily outclasses any other smartphone camera on the market with regard to zoom.
OPPO has created the most diverse camera system around and Express.co.uk is excited to see the technology in its full implementation.
The Chinese firm has announced the camera system demoed will arrive in a smartphone that will release in the second quarter of this year.