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Oppo reveals an in-house retractable camera designed for smartphones

Oppo has developed a smartphone camera that can retract when it is not needed. (Image source: Oppo)
Oppo has developed a smartphone camera that can retract when it is not needed. (Image source: Oppo)
Oppo has teased one of the innovations that it will showcase at INNO WORLD between December 14 and 15. The company claims that its retractable camera is built in-house and is waterproof. The technology should allow Oppo to produce smartphones with slimmer camera housings without compromising on image quality.

Oppo has shared a video of unnamed smartphone with a retractable camera. While not a unique feature, many smartphone manufacturers have opted for thicker camera modules in the last few years, such as Apple and Samsung.

As the embedded video below shows, opening the camera app prompts the camera to expand, similar to the pop-up front-facing cameras of the OnePlus 7 Pro and the LG Wing, among others. Oppo claims that its retractable design is waterproof and fall-resistant, too.

Oppo has not shared many details about the camera, beyond the inscription on the prototype. Specifically, the camera has a 1/1.56-inch sensor, an f/2.4 aperture and a 50 mm-equivalent focal length. None of these specifications are groundbreaking, but seeing a high-end smartphone camera sensor sit so closely to the device's back panel is impressive.

Oppo will reveal more details about its 'self-developed retractable camera' on December 14 during INNO WORLD. You can find more information about the event on Oppo's dedicated INNO WORLD website.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-12- 7 (Update: 2021-12- 7)