6.7-inch iPhone 12 Could Feature Sensor-Shift Stabilization; 2022 iPhone with Periscope Zoom Lens

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Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back with another report for the 2020 iPhones. This time around, he claims that Apple will launch a high-end 6.7-inch iPhone 12 later this year featuring sensor-shift image stabilization.

The rumor of Apple using sensor-shift stabilization on its 2020 iPhone had first popped up in December last year.

Right now, Apple uses Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) on its iPhones, though it is limited to the primary and telephoto 12MP camera. With the use of sensor-shift technology, Apple could expand it to the ultra-wide angle sensor as well. In OIS, the lens is moved around while the camera sensor stays in place. In sensor-shift stabilization, the entire sensor will be moved around to compensate for movement and shake.

The use of sensor-shift stabilization would allow the ultra-wide angle sensor to keep its shutter open for slightly longer time leading to better photos, especially in low-light scenarios. It would also lead to smoother stabilization while recording videos.

The analyst has also claimed that Apple will be bringing periscope lens to at least one of the 2022 iPhone models. The company will be designing this lens with Taiwanese supplier Genius Electronic Optical. This could allow the device to offer up to 5x or 10x optical zoom as seen on the Huawei P30 Pro, Oppo Reno series, and the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. Right now, the iPhone 11 Pro series offers 2x optical zoom and up to 10x digital zoom. For comparison, the Galaxy S20 Ultra offers 100X Space Zoom while the likes of the Huawei P30 Pro and Oppo Reno offer up to 30x-50x hybrid zoom.

Our Take

Almost all major flagship Android smartphones are now offering periscope optical zoom with a reach of 5x to 10x. Apple would be a bit too late to the game if it ends up waiting until 2022 to bring this technology to its iPhone lineup. A zoom reach of 3x to 5x is useful to have in a smartphone and Apple should look to incorporate this feature in its 2021 iPhones.

[Via MacRumors]