Oppo Find X3 Pro’s ‘Microlens’ Camera Is Baffling Reviewers and Netizens But What is it?

Oppo unveiled the Oppo Find X3 Pro smartphone last week that comes with a quad rear camera system and the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. The Chinese tech company replaced the periscope-style telephoto camera from last year’s Oppo Find X2 Pro and introduced a new ‘Microlens’ camera this year that offers a “closer look at things which cannot be seen directly by the naked eye.” It essentially works as a microscope that offers the tiniest details with 60X magnification. Although many smartphones now come equipped with a macro or telephoto lens; however, the magnification is often unstable, and the picture turns out to be extremely grainy due to a small sensor for light.

Oppo has also shared sample images taken from the Microlens camera on the Oppo Find X3 Pro that include a close-up of a fountain pen. A close up of a leaf further shows various colours on the surface that can be usually viewed with a magnifier. The images are sharp and rich in contrast, unlike photos taken from budget smartphones with macro-camera. Users can activate the microscope option by selecting the feature from the camera app. Oppo states that the said 3-megapixel camera can also capture videos in Full-HD resolution. Meanwhile, here are some reactions from reviewers on Twitter.

Oppo does not exactly explain how the Microlens camera on the Oppo Find X3 Pro work, but it likely that the company uses hardware plus software tweaks to improve the image quality. Of course, the camera would work better with stable hands or a tripod. Tech reviewer and YouTube Marques Brownlee, better known as MKBHD, also tried the phone’s microscope feature and noted the Oppo Find X3 Pro is now using a wider sensor and better lens to handle light better. The Microlens camera comes with an f/3.0 aperture, unlike the traditional f/2.0 to f/2.4 aperture. But all this comes at a cost ,and the flagship Oppo Find X3 Pro carries a starting price tag of EUR 1,149 (roughly Rs 99,900). The phone’s India availability remains unclear.