MacRumors is an Apple-focused website, but sometimes we like to share notable new features that Apple’s competitors are adding to their devices, as a look at what Apple can explore in the future, and just to keep track of what other companies are doing. Oppo recently released a smartphone with a microscope lens, and we thought it would be fun to check it out and see how it works in our latest YouTube video.
Oppo Find X3 Pro is not a phone sold in the US, and it is quite expensive at 1149 euros (~ $ 1350), but it has an included 3-megapixel “Microlens”
Find X3 Pro’s Microlens has 60x magnification and ringlight, so you can see things up close, as you can see in the video. It’s an incredible niche feature, but it definitely makes the Find X3 Pro stand out and is fun to play with.
You can see the weaving of the AirPods Max headband, a strand of hair, the veins of a plant leaf and more. You need a steady hand or stand to get most elements in focus, which is a disadvantage.
Apart from the Microlens camera, Oppo’s Find X3 Pro is a top model flagship smartphone that easily competes with other Android smartphones on the market. It also has a 50-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 50-megapixel wide-angle camera and a 13-megapixel telephoto camera, so it still offers what most competitors have, just with the bonus microscope lens.
You can get high-magnification micro-magnifiers that can connect wirelessly to a smartphone for less than $ 50, so this is functionality that you can replicate quite reasonably, but it’s definitely fun to have it right at your fingertips for your speed magnification needs.
Since this smartphone is not sold in the US at this time, it needs to be imported, and even with advanced features and microlenses, it’s probably not worth paying the $ 1300 asking price along with shipping costs to get one. A built-in microscope is probably not something we will see on the iPhone in the near future, but it is an interesting concept.