Monday, November 23

Xiaomi is testing retractable cameras for its phones

Xiaomi continues to experiment with the cameras of its mobiles. At the beginning of the year they already showed a front camera hidden under the screen, and were among the first to introduce a 108 megapixel sensor in a phone. Your Mi Mix 3 smartphone even has a sliding screen to reveal a sensor on the back panel. This time, however, the company is investing in serious camera technology for its phones. On their Twitter account, they uploaded two concepts: a retractable camera with a large aperture equivalent to 120mm and another telemacro equivalent to 50mm.

In a video posted on Twitter, Xiaomi reveals a phone with cameras on its rear, and a close-up of the lens going in and out of the device. Movement is quite fast, the lens fully extended and retracted in a second.

Xiaomi claims that the concept was inspired by traditional camera designs and is optimized for a larger aperture and an improved stabilizer for better portraits and low-light shots. However, no photo samples or other details of when we will be able to see this technology in an actual product have been shown.

The company has also uploaded a video showing how its telemacro lens would work. It makes it possible for anyone who uses their phone for photographs to have bright and sharp colors even in very close photos.

Again, there is no official statement from Xiaomi on when we will be able to see these cameras on a real phone. But knowing the company’s history of prioritizing its most innovative projects, it would not be uncommon for us to see these new cameras in the near future.

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