Optical zoom has become a standard option for many models of modern smartphones, and manufacturers are actively competing in the field of mobile photography. Samsung was no exception – the company announced a camera module with a fivefold increase, the chip of which was a record small thickness.
The design of the new product from Samsung resembles the “periscope” installed in the Huawei P30 Pro: the optical zoom is realized by moving the camera lens. The focal length required for a fivefold increase is 2.5 times greater than that of the modules with a double approximation, and the thickness of the latter is usually about 6 mm.
To reduce the size of the design, Samsung engineers have changed the shape of the lenses and the structure of their styling, using mirrors for lateral reflection of light. As a result, they managed to create a mobile camera with a 5-fold zoom with a thickness of only 5 mm, which will allow to avoid the appearance of a noticeable protrusion on the back of the smartphone.
According to the Korean edition of ETNews, the mass production of the new module will begin this month. The list of future Samsung smartphones that will be equipped with a new type of camera was not announced by the vendor.