The liquid lens is intended to replace the separate macro and telephoto cameras.
Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi presented in Weibo (in Chinese) a liquid camera lens that will be seen for the first time on the Mi Mix phone, which will be released later this month. In his second Weibo post the company released a short promotional video of the lens.
According to The Vergen the lens has a liquid layer whose focus and focal length are controlled by an electric current. The camera can take a wide variety of images from macros to a remote lens. Xiaomi trusts the lens to show direction for the future of telephone cameras.
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Instead of just increasing the number of megapixels, the focus in recent years has been more on accommodating multiple cameras on the same phone. Two, three or even four rear cameras have been used to compile the best photo from multiple sources.
Xiaom’s solution can help reduce the size of phones if one camera can do it all at once. At the same time, it may save the phone battery. It is unclear how the liquid lens affects the quality of the images. According to Xiaom, the lens allows accurate and fast focusing, transmits light well and keeps its scattering small.
Xiaomi seeks to differentiate itself from its competitors with aggressive pricing and carrying an innovator, referring somewhat like Apple’s years ago. Xiaomi has especially promoted the fast charging of his phones.
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Liquid lenses have been around for several years, but have traditionally been used mainly in industrial solutions.
Cameras have played a key role in the competition from phone manufacturers in recent years. Major leaps have been made in telephones in areas such as widescreen shooting, optical zoom, night shooting and shooting algorithms.
Heavy camera equipment has led to bulky camera humps in phones. This has made the devices thicker and heavier, which has not been on the minds of all users.
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