(Pocket-lint) – Xiaomi introduced a primary when it launched its Mi Combine Fold foldable telephone in spring 2021 – it was the primary to make use of liquid lens digicam tech in a smartphone.
Additionally it is tipped to be contemplating it for a future gadget too.
However, what’s liquid lens digicam tech and what advantages can it should telephone pictures?
What’s liquid lens digicam know-how?
Liquid lens is a comparatively new digicam know-how (for smartphones, anyway) that replaces an present, static optical glass lens. It incorporates optical grade liquid in the midst of a cell construction and works extra just like the lens of an eye fixed.
It permits the lens itself to maneuver and alter form, both mechanically or electronically, benefitting each focusing pace and the focal size that may be achieved.
Altering its form permits the identical lens to perform as two (or extra) various kinds of a standard lens – corresponding to telephoto for zooming into photographs at a distance, and macro for specializing in objects near the digicam. For telephones, this implies you should utilize only one lens to carry out a number of features and due to this fact scale back the variety of sensors wanted contained in the handset. It is one thing Xiaomi has highlighted with its Mi Combine Fold telephone.
The modern Liquid Lens know-how works like a human eye. It is smaller and might focus quicker + extra precisely, with each telephoto and macro taking pictures capabilities. #MiMIXFOLD #XiaomiMegaLaunch pic.twitter.com/cs9QtjKhJZ
— Xiaomi (@Xiaomi) March 30, 2021
One other profit to liquid lens know-how is that, as a result of the digicam lens unit comprises fluid, optical picture stabilisation could be improved. The lens floats so is much less impacted by digicam shakes.
Liquid lens cameras are historically utilized in industrial conditions, the place mechanical lenses aren’t sensible or sustrainable. As they works properly in smaller sizes, their use in telephones has been anticipated for some time.
Which firms provide liquid lens know-how in telephones?
At current, solely Xiaomi has launched a telephone with a liquid lens digicam. One of many three lenses on the Xiaomi Mi Combine Fold foldable telephone can shoot each telephoto and macro pictures because of liquid lens tech.
Huawei was truly considered the primary to undertake the know-how, because of a patent printed in Could 2020. Nevertheless, it’s but to seem in a shopper handset.
Writing by Rik Henderson.