Earlier this month, OPPO teased the entire world with short videos that featured a very real and working, but such an incredible selfie-camera technology right in the smartphone display. Only a few days have passed since then, and today, at the Shanghai MWC, OPPO opened the curtain of its technology, telling us some key details of how it works.
OPPO said that it began conducting research in this direction in 2017, and official development was launched in May 2018. All this ultimately resulted in what we saw today. The company uses a special camera module for its solution, which has a larger sensor than conventional selfie cameras, a wider aperture and larger pixels.
But the “iron filling” is only a part of this complex technology: the camera built into the screen requires a large amount of software processing in order to produce a result commensurate with what we get from the cameras of modern smartphones. OPPO placed special emphasis on improved HDR algorithms and the removal of the effect of white haze that occurs when shooting on this camera.
Although the company claims that the image quality obtained from its new camera is “close to the quality of conventional smartphones,” in order to test this, you need to take its device in your hands and test it in the field, and not in the laboratory, as it does OPPO.
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OPPO itself says that at the moment there are several obstacles that need to be overcome when placing the camera under the screen, namely glare, diffraction, incorrect color rendering, haze and noise.
All this means that OPPO still definitely has something to work on and that the quality of pictures from its camera leaves much to be desired. The latter, by the way, is quite obvious, since a sufficient amount of light simply cannot pass through the screen and get to the camera’s sensor, because no matter how transparent the screen can become, it cannot be compared to crystal clear sapphire glass.
Despite the quality problems, the screen area above the front camera still supports touch controls. In addition, OPPO claims that the camera supports face unlocking, portrait mode, smart beautification mode, filters, and other popular selfie features inherent in Chinese smartphones. The company also claims that its technology is ideal for devices with moisture protection.
The Chinese brand did not mention any approximate dates for the release of the device with the new technology, but plans to improve it by adding some improved screen materials, a “redesigned pixel structure” and support for various camera modules. This is encouraging, since it means that the quality of photos can still be significantly improved before the final device is available for sale.