Most smartphones have some sort of digital zoom feature, and for the most part they’re not very good. So over the last few years we’ve seen a number of phone makers add telephoto lenses that let you get around 2X to 5X closer to the action using an optical zoom-like feature.
And then there’s the Huawei P30 Pro smartphone, released earlier this year. It combines telephoto, wide-angle, and standard cameras plus software tricks to support 5X optical zoom, 10X hybrid zoom, and up to 50X digital zoom — giving you the sort of features you’d otherwise need to buy a standalone “superzoom” camera for.
So what’s better than 50X zoom? How about 60X.
Chinese phone maker Vivo has released a series of short promotional videos for an upcoming phone called the Vivo X30. And while there aren’t many details about the phone itself yet, one videos make this clear — the Vivo X30 will support up to 60X zoom.
Like Huawei’s smartphone, the Vivo X30 will likely achieve this through a combination of digital and telephoto zoom technology.
It’s also likely that the phone will have at least three rear cameras, at least one of which will likely use a periscope-style design that allows a longer lens to be used in a slim camera by allowing light to come in through the back of your camera and then bend at an angle to reach the telephoto lens.
According to xda-developers, the Vivo X30 is expected to have a Samsung Exynos 980 5G processor and the phone may also have a 90 Hz display.