Testing Oppo's 10x optical zoom camera

Peter, 23 February 2019

Oppo announced that it will launch a phone with its new 10x zoom triple camera module in Q2 this year. For now, they let us play with a prototype unit to test out the camera. Before we go on, we should emphasize that both the hardware and software are not in a finished state.

The prototype was put in a case to mask its design as that wasn’t the focus of this presentation. The triple camera on the back, that’s what matters. Oppo said that this is what the camera module will look like and its placement will be the same. The design of the rest of the phone will be unveiled at a later date.

Oppo prototype 10x zoom triple camera Camera settings Next to the Galaxy S9+
Oppo prototype • 10x zoom triple camera • Camera settings • Next to the Galaxy S9+

The main camera features a 48MP sensor, though it shoots 12MP photos normally. You have to go into Pro mode to get the full resolution (unfortunately, this was disabled on this phone).

The “10x lossless zoom” claims from the ratio of the 16mm ultra-wide angle camera and the 160mm telephoto camera (both in 35mm equivalent). The ultra-wide has an 8MP sensor and 120° field of view. The telephoto camera has a 12MP sensor. Both it and the 48MP main camera also feature optical image stabilization.

Alright, enough talk – here’s a camera sample going from ultra-wide to wide to telephoto:

Oppo camera samples: 1x ultra-wide 8MP camera Oppo camera samples: 2x main 48MP camera (12MP mode) Oppo camera samples: 10x 12MP telephoto camera
1x ultra-wide 8MP camera • 2x main 48MP camera (12MP mode) • 10x 12MP telephoto camera

And here’s the same thing again, but this time enabling the 2x digital zoom for a total of 20x zoom:

Ultra-wide (120°, 16mm) Main camera Telephoto Telephoto with digital zoom
Ultra-wide (120°, 16mm) • Main camera • Telephoto • Telephoto with digital zoom

Here’s that digital zoom again for 20x zoom, going from 16mm to (simulated) 320mm:

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10x telephoto • With digital zoom

The zoom slider in the camera is smooth - you can can take it from 1x to 20x in small steps. It interpolates the image for intermediate zoom levels. We wish there was a way to just switch between the cameras to get the best image quality without having to fiddle with a touch slider to hit exactly "10.0 zoom".

The zoom slider goes from 1x to 20x in small steps The zoom slider goes from 1x to 20x in small steps The zoom slider goes from 1x to 20x in small steps The image gallery
The zoom slider goes from 1x to 20x in small steps • The image gallery

We’ll finish up with a few more zoom shots:

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Oppo prototype camera samples

The upcoming Oppo phone – we don’t even know its name – will be unveiled between April and June.


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Reader comments

  • Anon

I've been looking for a phone like this to be used on my next African safari trip. If the pic samples are good as it looks, I will buy one. But if this is only a gimmick, you will read my wrath remarks later.

  • Anonymous

sadly, a useless gimmick where only fanboys would defend. its so blurry after zooming in, is this really optical zoom? doubt it, more like marketing gimmick.

  • Anonymous

When you launch to the philippines?😊