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These renders show what the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra could look like

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
(Image credit: LetsGoDigital x Technizo Concept)

Now that we're halfway through 2021, the rumors for the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra are beginning to gather speed. While we won't see this camera phone appear until early 2022, recent leaks suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra could be one of the best camera phones (opens in new tab) around.

LetsGoDigital (opens in new tab) teamed up with graphic designer Technizo Concept (opens in new tab) to make a series of product renders of this expected handset, showcasing some of the expected changes that we're due to see when it eventually makes its debut.

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One of the interesting changes that could appear is a potential collaboration with Olympus. There have recently been a few rumors regarding this partnership – and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra seems like the perfect handset to debut the tech. 

Meanwhile, the S22 Ultra is reported to include a new continuous optical zoom camera feature, as reported by Ice Universe (via Weibo (opens in new tab)). The current Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra features two fixed telephoto lenses, fixed at 3x and 10x optical zoom respectively. This means that if the user wanted to use 7x zoom, then the image would be cropped in and there would be a loss of image quality. A continuous optical zoom would mean that users would be able to set their zoom at any point without compromising image quality.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

(Image credit: LetsGoDigital x Technizo Concept)

If this technology sounds familiar, it's because it can be seen in the best zoom lenses (opens in new tab) for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra also looks to be borrowing another key piece of camera tech – in-body image stabilization (IBIS). According to new rumors reported by Dutch website Galaxy Club (opens in new tab), Samsung is tested a phone with sensor-shift image stabilization. While there's no hard evidence to say that this will definitely be the S22 Ultra, as the flagship camera phone, it would make sense for this high-end technology to appear here.

It certainly seems that we could be seeing some exciting technology from Samsung – but we'll have to wait until early 2022 until we get official confirmation. 

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With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab) and  Digital Photographer (opens in new tab). Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.