Some fans may already be counting down the hours for Samsung’s first big event this year, but the stream of leaks and rumors is not showing any signs of slowing down just yet. From questionable color options to wireless charging accessories, we still hear last-minute details that could make or break your decision to invest in the Galaxy S21, at least emotionally. Unsurprisingly, the latest delicacy is once again targeting shutterbugs and this time offers wildlife and outdoor photographers something new to chew on.
Quite a unique telephoto narration is already expected for the Galaxy S21 Ultra. It actually has two telephoto cameras, both with 10 megapixel sensors. One can only optically zoom 3x while the other zooms 10x. Now the cat known as the Ice Universe has more to say about the latter and paints it as the most advanced of its kind.
It’s not just because it has a 1.22 micropixel sensor, large aperture, and support for dual-pixel AF. Those are points in themselves, but the leak is instead focused on the new periscope lens system. Allegedly only two refractions are used instead of the usual five.
The devices for periscope lenses in smartphones these days repeatedly refract light to enlarge the image without resorting to the bulky lenses you see in professional cameras. Unfortunately, this refraction process also means that light or details can be lost. The fewer refractions required to achieve the same zoom level, the more details are preserved.
As impressive as it sounds, we still have to take this with a grain of salt. After all, Samsung is the company that pushed its “Space Zoom” up only to collapse in the ratings. That said, Samsung probably couldn’t do worse than what it already has, which isn’t all that much compared to top competitors in the Zoom category like Huawei and Xiaomi.