Apple searches for 'folding camera' supplier to improve iPhone zoom
Added 11-30-20 12:11:03pm EST - “Apple's iPhone camera may improve the zoom without needing to increase the size of the camera bump, with the company allegedly looking for suppliers of "folded cameras" for future models.” - Appleinsider.com
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Apple's iPhone camera may improve the zoom without needing to increase the size of the camera bump, with the company allegedly looking for suppliers of "folded cameras" for future models.
The size limitations of smartphones make it hard to design camera systems that offer better features while also maintaining a minimal size. For some features, like an enhanced zoom, that requires more space than is currently offered, but that may not be the case in a future iPhone.
Apple is said by sources of ETNews to be wanting to include a triple camera system in future iPhone models, but one that relies on a "folded camera" for at least one of the trio.
Rather than being a straight line of sight between the sensor and the subject through lenses, a folded camera structure relies on a mirror or prism in the middle of the lens collection. This setup reflects the light 90 degrees, effectively working like part of a periscope and changing the sensor's angle of view.
In effect, this can enable a camera to take advantage of the length and width of the iPhone body, rather than fitting everything into the thickness of the body and the camera bump extension. This can allow for an enhanced optical zoom to be created, which requires adjusting the distances between lenses and the sensor to increase magnification and focus on a subject.
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