Today, we’re going to find out what to expect from this 50x periscope telephoto lens in the Honor 30 series.
The Honor 30 series has upgraded the Honor photography to a four-in-one shooting system with a “large background + large pixels + ultra-sensitive + ultra-telephoto” and is equipped with a 50x periscope telephoto, bringing the periscope design to the $3000 range for the first time. Today, we are going to discuss what the Honor 30 series 50x periscope telephoto lens has to offer. What’s so unique about it compared to regular telephoto and other periscope telephoto?
First, Why does the Honor 30 series do super telephoto?
As we all know, cell phones have become everyone’s 24/7 photography companion. Whether it’s photographing stars in concert or buildings in the distance, whether it’s photographing animals or the moon, whether it’s photographing text or scanning QR codes, telephoto lenses are increasingly used in everyday life.
The telephoto lens has a longer focal length than the main camera and is suitable for shooting extremely long range objects. With a telephoto lens, the phone can be turned into a “telescope”, and it is very convenient to travel to take pictures of scenery and wildlife. Portraits taken with a telephoto lens have a more spatial “compressed feel” than portraits taken with the main camera, which have a different flavor.
It’s safe to say that with a telephoto lens, the practicality and creativity of taking photos with a mobile phone goes up a notch.
So that said, telephoto is becoming more and more indispensable for many users. This was the original reason why the Honor 30 series chose to mount a 50x periscope telephoto lens.
Second, The uniqueness of the periscope telephoto design
Unlike regular telephoto lenses, the Honor 30 series features a periscope telephoto design that breaks the thickness limit of the body. It’s also the first big thing to see with this lens.
Anyone familiar with photography knows that the longer the focal length of a telephoto lens, the farther the field of view. The longer focal length, however, means the farther the lens is from the image sensor. Regular phone lenses are generally upright in design, with the image sensor placed on the back side of the lens. The phone is generally 7-9mm thick, and with this upright design, the focal length of the telephoto lens is limited.
To solve this problem, the Honor 30 series uses a periscope telephoto lens with a periscope light path design consisting of a refracting prism and a transverse precision zoom mechanism: the sensor is placed vertically inside the phone, the optical axis of the lens is parallel to the body, and the incident light is deflected into the lens and sensor by 90° through the optical prism.
The Honor 30 series places the super zoom lens horizontally in the body, where thickness is no longer a bottleneck in lens height, allowing for 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom and up to 50x digital zoom.
The periscopic telephoto lens design allows the phone to have both a longer telephoto range and a thinner body. With a periscope telephoto lens equivalent focal length of 125mm and an entire lens module thickness of just 5.66mm, the Honor 30 Series periscope telephoto lens is not only far seeing, it’s thin and light!
Third, why choose the dual structure OIS optical anti-shake?
Anyone who has used telephoto will know that one of the major pain points of telephoto photography is the “shake”. In high magnification, such as 50X telephoto photography, the slightest shake of the hand can cause a dramatic shift in the phone’s viewfinder frame.
The common periscope telephoto lens, with its OIS-X and OIS-Y, is implemented in a prism motor, which uses the movement of the prism to achieve optical anti-shake.
To be fair, this anti-shake method has been very difficult to achieve on the periscope lens, but our research and development partners are not satisfied, and have conducted a lot of research and development, and a lot of work on the telephoto anti-shake.
On the Honor 30 series, the periscope telephoto lens is equipped with dual-structure OIS optical anti-shake technology, which separates the OIS-X and OIS-Y anti-shake technology, with OIS optical anti-shake technology in both the prism and lens components respectively. The OIS-X and OIS-Y anti-shake is achieved by the independent movement of the prism and lens, respectively. The dual-structure OIS optical anti-shake of the Honor 30 series is more stable than the normal periscope single prism OIS optical anti-shake.
There’s no doubt that the dual-structure OIS optical anti-shake in the periscope design is architecturally more advanced, laying the critical foundation for stable imaging of telephoto.
Fourth, Why introduce AIS Telephoto Super Anti-Shake?
In addition to the dual-structure OIS optical stabilization on the hardware, the Honor 30 series introduces AIS telephoto super stabilization, which greatly improves image stability.
When the phone is actually shooting video or previews, the camera moves along with the body, and this movement causes the camera to capture a lot of variation between frames, and visually the picture shakes violently. This is even more evident in high zoom shots, where even the smallest movements are magnified in high zoom situations.
The AIS telephoto super-stabilization algorithm in the Honor 30 series can intelligently calculate the phone’s bit position through the sensor to get the inter-frame variation of the image. Making video and preview screens smoother and more stable means re-planning the path of the screen. Under high zoom conditions, the Honor 30 series can use AI algorithms to do intelligent path planning, combine OIS and EIS tuning, and automatically obtain the most reasonable and smooth path through optimal solving, and then evenly and steadily distribute the sequence of images with huge position changes on the smooth path. This ensures that every frame is presented smoothly to the user.
That’s the AIS Telephoto Super Shake from the Honor 30 Series, giving you a more stable shot at high magnification.
Fifth, Honor 30 series debut “Aiming Scope”-telephoto picture-in-picture
Another pain point of telephoto photography is framing. When shooting at high magnification zooms, the viewing angle presented in the phone screen is extremely narrow compared to what is visible to the naked eye, and it is often difficult for the shooter to judge the difference between the lens field of view and the subject. Quite a few friends have had the experience of shooting the moon with a telephoto lens. Tapping the moon in a 50X field of view often takes a lot of time to find the moon.
To address this pain point, the Honor 30 series has been optimized in terms of framing by introducing dual-channel framing technology. When taking telephoto shots at 15x or more, the viewfinder screen switches to dual channel mode and a telephoto picture appears.
Telephoto picture-in-picture is like a “Aiming Scope” that helps the photographer know the difference between the telephoto lens and the subject in real time and find the target in an instant.
Sixth, Focused experience, continuous technological innovation
With the help of powerful hardware, the telephoto shooting experience of the Honor 30 series is already amazing. In order to further improve the clarity at high magnification, Honor also introduces AI telephoto image quality enhancement algorithm, and the effect of scenes such as faces and landscapes are significantly improved.
Honor is very confident that this periscope telephoto lens in the entire Honor 30 series is leading the industry in terms of technology and experience.
With the Honor 30 series’ four-in-one photography system of “Large bottom + Large Pixels + Super Sensitivity + Super Telephoto”, Honor has taken another step forward in the exploration of images.
Through continuous R&D investment, Honor will build the core competitiveness of customized cameras, self-research chips and self-research algorithms to provide users with the best and easiest photo experience through the best and most advanced technical capabilities.