Oppo's Find X3 Pro has a microscope camera with up to 60x zoom

nanoguy

Posts: 733   +12
Staff member
The big picture: Oppo's latest flagship phone won't be to everyone's taste, but with a "microlens" camera, 5G connectivity, fast wireless charging, and the ability to both record and display 10-bit video, it's definitely worth considering if you're on the lookout for an upgrade.

As Huawei's global phone sales keep slowing down due to the ongoing trade war, other Chinese tech giants like Oppo and Xiaomi are scrambling to fill the gap. In the case of Oppo, it's surpassed Huawei in market share according to Counterpoint Research, whose estimates place it at 21 percent of the market.

Their latest weapon, the Oppo Find X3 Pro was announced today and it's definitely flagship material, with a number of improvements over the Find X2 Pro that go from the overall design to the camera module and the wireless charging speed.

As you'd expect from a 2021 flagship, the Oppo Find X3 Pro comes equipped with a 6.7-inch 120 Hz QHD+ 10 bit OLED display, powered by the Snapdragon 888 mobile platform, 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.

The 4,500 mAh battery should afford you a lot of screen on time, but if it doesn't, you can charge the Find X3 Pro using a 65 watt SuperVOOC wired charger or drop it on a fast wireless charger for up to 30 watts charging.

The Oppo Find X3 Pro gets interesting when it comes to the design of the back and camera module. In a world where almost every phone has a camera bump with sharp edges, Oppo has chosen a more organic, continuous shape. The back glass cover is molded around the camera module, and the company says it takes no less than 40 hours to manufacture.

The camera module includes a primary and an ultrawide shooter. Both use a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 sensor, as well as a 13-megapixel telephoto shooter with 2x optical zoom. But more interestingly, there's also a 3-megapixel shooter that features up to 60x magnification, making it less of a macro lens and more of a pocket microscope.

Other notable features are 5G connectivity and an IP68 rating. Oppo is also particularly proud of the fact that the Find X3 Pro can capture 10-bit 4K video and display it on a 10-bit display panel with a peak brightness of 1,300 nits, something that only Apple's iPhone 12 could do until now. It is, however, possible that the upcoming OnePlus 9 will also carry similar capabilities.

On the software side, the Oppo Find X3 Pro runs ColorOS 11.2, which is based on Android 11. For reasons unknown, Oppo has enlisted award-winning composer Hans Zimmer to create custom ringtones and notification songs, which will arrive later this month via an update.

You probably won't be able to buy the Find X3 Pro in the US, but it is set to become available in the UK on April 14 at a starting price of £1,099. Oppo isn't saying more about global availability until next week, so stay tuned for an update on that.

Permalink to story.

 

Hardware Geek

Posts: 334   +347
I'm extremely skeptical about the 60x zoom and can't decipher from the article or announcement if "microlens" meand digital or optical zoom. If it's optical this could be really cool.
 
D

DelJo63

The 200mm focal length on a full frame SLR will appear to be a 5.7x zoom. The 200mm focal length on a 20D will appear to be a 9.1x zoom. The 70mm focal length on a full frame SLR will appear to be a 2x zoom.
 

Uncle Al

Posts: 8,001   +6,775
Of course they could have duplicated the reverse lens, similar to buying a mount that allows you to reverse your camera lens. That can produce a reasonably powerful macro lens but 60x would be a bit more. Still it certainly would be worth a look ..... imagine whipping that out at your local restaurant and saying "is that a bug in my food?", then produce a good micro shot of it ......
 

Hardware Geek

Posts: 334   +347
Ain't that the truth. I have a 100-400 lens and it isn't what you call a "pocket" lens. ;)
I'll take your word for it. Photography is something I don't know much about. I thought perhaps it was some cool new optical technology. A phone that could take photos at microscopic scales would be fun to play a with, but honestly, I never take pictures and don't have much use for a camera most of the time. I'd rather pay less for a phone without a camera at all than have 4+ cameras I'll never use
 

Daniele 00

Posts: 91   +77
You guys all sound like you know what you're on about with your SLR comparisons but that's not really the point.

Take this which is smaller than a phone and has 300x OPTICAL zoom

https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/micr...sAOvINSTQ5OU4WG0KHUaAswNEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

err... im not an expert of photos. But the item that you have linked, it has a 10 cm depth camera ! The cameras on the phone how much they are? a pair of mm ? The comparison you have made is unreasonable :p
 
D

DelJo63

I carry a smart phone everywhere and once in a while use it for a snap or two because it's ALL I have with me. When travelling and expecting great scenes however, I carry a real live camera to get some pictures I can actually share with friends with pride.

The ONLY thing my cellphone totally obviates is the wristwatch
 
Last edited by a moderator:

Hardware Geek

Posts: 334   +347
I carry a smart phone everywhere and once in a while use it for a snap or two because it's ALL I have with me. When travelling and expecting great scenes however, I carry a real live camera to get some pictures I can actually share with friends with pride.

The ONLY thing my cellphone totally obviates is the wristwatch
If you have a use for it, that's great! I'll let other people take pictures if they want to. I don't take photos when I'm on vacation, or of events, or really anything, except when required for work, and I use their phone for that. One camera...maybe even a selfie cam that doesn't punch a hole in my screen for safety reasons, but I could easily get by with just the one and even then I may never use it.