Samsung Electro rolls out super-slim 5x optical zoom camera module

2019.05.20 14:26:09 | 2019.05.20 14:27:36

[Photo by Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co.]이미지 확대

[Photo by Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co.]

Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., a South Korean industrial part maker under Samsung Group, said on Monday it began mass production of its super-slim 5x optical zoom camera module for smartphones this month.

The new camera module slimmer than the exiting 2x zoom module can capture photos at 5x optical zoom.

The optical zoom function helps increase the visibility of an object by adjusting the focal length of two or more lenses. To get a higher level of optical zoom, however, it is necessary to secure the distance between image sensor and lens array, which makes the smartphone surface unnecessarily protruding.

Samsung Electro-Mechanics addressed this protruding camera issue by applying the principle of reflecting the light in a periscope. The company arranged sensors and lenses sideways to reduce the thickness and further extends the focal distance by 2.5 times. It also ditched the typical round shape in lens design to further reduce the thickness. As a result, the company successfully developed a 5x optical zoom module with a thickness in the 5mm range, thinner than a x2 zoom module whose thickness is usually 6mm.

[Photo by Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co.]이미지 확대

[Photo by Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co.]

Samsung Electro-Mechanics said its independent design and manufacturing of key parts such as lenses and actuators is able to provide differentiated offerings to customers.

Samsung Electro-Mechanics ventured into the camera module market in 2003 and developed the world’s first image stabilization dual camera module and a variable aperture camera module.

The company is planning to expand cooperation with global carmakers to increase the supply of its refined camera modules for car electronics.

By Hwang Soon-min and Minu Kim

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