This camera phone will have a lens made out of LIQUID?

(Image credit: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi is well known for experimenting with unique camera phone designs, but its latest offering could be its most interesting yet. Xiaomi has officially confirmed on its Weibo blog that the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Mix will be the world's first camera phone to incorporate "liquid lens" technology in its camera.

If you can't quite wrap your head around the idea of a lens made out of liquid, the basic concept is that the lens of the camera will use a liquid wrapped in a thin film to replace an ordinary optical lens. This liquid will be controlled by a motor, which will be able to adjust both the focal length and the autofocus. 

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Louise Carey

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 and  Digital Photographer. 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.