LG Innotek is preparing to include genuine optical zoom lenses in the next generation of flagship phones

LG Innotek is preparing to include genuine optical zoom lenses in the next generation of flagship phones

So far, Sony is the only major manufacturer to provide a smartphone with genuine optical zoom, but Oppo is also developing one. The 3.5-5.2x lens on Sony’s Xperia 1 IV is comparable to 85-125mm, which is far shorter than the new telephoto module LG is demonstrating — it might span an equivalent range of 100mm to more than 200mm. In my testing, the Xperia 1 IV’s narrower zoom range reduced that zoom lens’s utility significantly. Participants in MKBHD’s annual blind smartphone camera test concurred that Sony’s picture quality is only behind the competition.