Is the future of camera phones here? Oppo unveils its under-screen camera

Oppo under-screen camera
(Image credit: Oppo)

Oppo has unveiled its cutting-edge under-screen camera (USC) technology, which will hide the front-facing selfie camera in your smartphone beneath the screen – meaning the end of unsightly punch holes, notches and tabs that intrude on otherwise sleek displays.

USC technology debuted in 2020 with the Chinese ZTE Axon 20 5G phone, but the  quality of the screen and the photographs was said to extremely poor, thanks largely to the reduced 200ppi resolution of the area of the display above the camera.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.