In 2019, we saw some crazy camera innovations, which led to zoom levels we previously thought impossible on a smartphone. The Huawei P30 Pro is most prominent here with its intense 50x zoom, powered by a 40 MP camera sensor and a clever periscope-like system. Of course, this is not real, optical zoom, but a digitally enhanced one — AI algorithms take information from the telephoto lens and add details to the cropped image to create a convincing “zoom” effect. Hence, it’s called “hybrid zoom”.Word on the street is, we are about to see a massive upgrade to that tech real soon. According to leakster IceUniverse, we will get 108 MP cameras capable of 10x optical zoom in 2020. He does not mention a specific brand and we think it’s fair to assume that it’ll be Huawei plus a couple of other market leaders (like Samsung).
By the way, next year you will see on your smartphone: a 10x optical zoom camera and a 108MP camera. pic.twitter.com/885cwXHPQe
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) July 16, 2019
10x optical zoom would be huge because it’ll not only allow you to take true lossless photos, but applying the “hybrid zoom” tech to it might lead to some crazy magnification capabilities. If the 40 MP sensor with 5x optical zoom can go up to 50x in hybrid, then a 108 MP sensor with a 10x zoom could possibly reach 100x magnification. What?
Up until 2019, the best that manufacturers could achieve was a 2x optical zoom via a telephoto lens. This year, OnePlus topped that with a 3x telephoto lens on the OnePlus 7 Pro and Huawei did one over with the 5x periscope zoom. A 10x would be a massive upgrade over both of these achievements.
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