What is a smartphone periscope camera? The Oppo Find X6 could have one

Evan Blass / Twitter
(Image credit: Evan Blass / Twitter)

Oppo’s next flagship, the Find X6, which is expected to launch in the first quarter of next year, has been leaked online, with noteworthy leaker, Evan Blass @evleaks sharing a render on Twitter. Excitingly, it looks like the Find X5 predecessor will feature a reworked design and feature a periscope lens. 

It's not the first camera phone to feature a periscope camera – also called a periscope zoom lens. But what does it mean, and how does a periscope differ from a telephoto lens? Normally, when light enters the camera, it goes through the lens array straight to the sensor. But with a periscope camera, the camera's zoom lens and the sensor are turned sideways, to offer greater optical zoom.

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Rachael Sharpe

Rachael is a British journalist with 18 years experience in the publishing industry. Since working on www.digitalcameraworld.com, she’s been freelancing, and contributing to some of the world’s best-loved websites and magazines including T3.com and TechRadar.com and has also had a book, iPad for Photographers, published. She's currently acting as editor of 5GRadar.com - a website specializing in the latest cellular technology. 

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