Oppo’s new Find X3 Pro smartphone can operate as a microscope, offering a 50Mp camera that zooms to an incredible level of detail.
The microlens they use is only at its earliest stage, but as a company spokesman explains to The Australian, this technology poses difficulties.
“Creating a microscopic camera lens with 60x magnification is no simple task,” says Oppo. “There are very real, functional challenges associated with any super macro module, let alone a microscopic one.
“High-magnification lenses, for example, are very sensitive to white specks and hair particles on the lens. These tiny elements can degrade the quality of a photo taken at high magnification because they too are magnified.
“Crafting a microlens camera even requires a different mounting method when manufacturing. On the structural level, Oppo installed the microscope module on the back cover of the phone, instead of directly mounting it on the motherboard.”