Side-mounted cameras to be developed by OPPO (Image Source: Phoneworld)
According to some recent reports, OPPO is working on a smartphone with a side-mounted camera. A new line of Reno smartphones is expected to be equipped with this unique camera system. The company recently filed a patent for a handset with a multidirectional camera module.
According to a LetsGoDigital report, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer has applied for a patent with a WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office). The PMOI approved this patent earlier this week. The patent describes a portable device with a single camera module that can also capture images from the side of the device. If you look at the design sketches for the patent, the smartphone will have a rear-view camera as standard, but with a mechanism that enables the main sensor to also take photos from the side.
In order to be able to take photos from the side, the company made a recess on one side of the device. This essentially allows the main lens to shift its focus sideways through the use of a mirror. In other words, the sensor itself doesn't move and the phone doesn't need an additional sensor on one side. A practical application of this type of camera system is that the main camera can automatically detect when a certain subject moves out of the picture and to the right. As a result, the user does not have to worry about the subject falling out of the frame, as the side cutout would enlarge the field of view.
It is currently unclear whether OPPO is actually working on such a product or just covering all the bases. In addition, the device with such a unique camera system is probably a high-end model. So we can expect it to be part of the Reno series. However, the technology is still in its infancy. It will take a long time before it hits the market. In my opinion, the company is developing something great for the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) next year.
Sources:- Phone world
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