Oppo Find X3 Pro is first phone with built-in microscope

Oppo Find X3 Pro
(Image credit: Oppo)

Oppo has released full details of its new flagship smartphone - the Oppo Find X3 Pro. As teased pre-launch, this sets some interesting new benchmarks for mobile photography - not least with its ability to capture and display imagery in 10-bit, allowing a palette of one billion colors.

There is a four lens rear camera unit that offers some interesting changes from the current norm offered by rival top-of-the-range cellphones. Most unusually, one of the cameras is a microscope - offering three megapixel 60x magnification of objects that are just a millimetre or two away from it. And ingeniously to get round the issue with the camera blocking the light at this distance, this camera has its own LED ringlight. 

Full Oppo Find X3 Pro review

Dead leaf as seen with the Oppo Find X3 Pro's 60x magnification microscope (Image credit: Chris George/Digital Camera World)

Green lichen as seen with the Oppo Find X3 Pro's 60x magnification microscope (Image credit: Chris George/Digital Camera World)

Most usefully, for serious photography - the ultrawide camera offers the same 50 megapixel resolution as the phone's standard lens. Both use a Sony IMX 766 1/1.56in sensor with one billion-color capture. Finally there is a 2x telephoto lens with a 13 megapixel resolution.

At the front there is a 32 megapixel camera - that offers you AI digital retouching of your face, should you wish to enhance your appearance to the world.

The Oppo Find X3 Pro will go on sale from 31 March in Europe with a retail price of £1099/AU$1,699 (roughly $1,500), but it appears that the phone will not be going on sale in North America. Watch out for our full review which will be published very shortly.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.