Tag Archive: Optical

Turns out the OnePlus 7 Pro’s telephoto lens can’t deliver 3x optical zoom

The telephoto lens on the OnePlus 7 Pro only goes up to 2.2x optical zoom.

What you need to know The OnePlus 7 Pro’s optical zoom is closer to 2.2x and not 3x. The telephoto lens is cropping 13MP photos down to 8MP to get to 3x zoom. Unlike the OnePlus 5, this isn’t digital zoom — you’re basically losing out on focal length.

One of the marquee features on the OnePlus 7 Pro is the camera  [Read More…]

Optical versus ultrasonic: The difference between in-display fingerprint scanners

When it comes to securing your phone using biometrics, we currently have several different options. Face ID, iris scanning, and fingerprint scanning are among some of the most common. with fingerprint scanning the most widely used. Recently, we’ve seen it move from physical buttons and readers to below the glass.

Currently, there are two different technologies used to scan your fingerprint through the display. One, an optical scanner, uses light and the other, ultrasonic, uses inaudible sound waves. While these  [Read More…]

Keep gaming with Logitech’s G502 Proteus wired optical gaming mouse for $35

You’ll be glad you clicked on this.

The Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum wired optical gaming mouse is down to $ 34.99 at Amazon today. This deal saves you nearly $ 15 off the mouse’s average price there, which had never dropped this low before until today. The G502 mouse goes for as much as $ 60 these days at retailers like B&H.

The G502 Proteus Spectrum optical gaming mouse features 11 programmable buttons and an adjustable hyper-fast  [Read More…]

This $20 LG external DVD writer works great with laptops that no longer have optical drives

Finally you can bust out that dusty movie collection.

This LG 8X USB 2.0 ultra slim portable external DVD writer is down to $ 19.99 on Amazon. It normally sells for $ 25. This is a match for a price it only dropped to briefly over the Black Friday weekend. Before that, the last time this DVD writer dropped even as low as $ 23 was back in 2016.

An external drive like this would be a  [Read More…]

Oppo’s 5x optical zoom camera is like a periscope inside your phone


We live in a glorious age of dual-camera smartphones. Huawei uses a color sensor plus a monochrome sensor to enhance detail and contrast. LG has a standard angle camera plus an ultra-wide-angle one. Apple uses a pair of cameras to offer a 2x optical zoom.

Oppo is jumping into the dual camera age with their own take at MWC 2017: a two-sensor system that combines a standard angle camera with a telephoto zoom, but taking it all  [Read More…]

OPPO promises 5x optical zoom without an ugly camera bump

OPPO’s latest camera tech brings 5x optical zoom with no loss in quality.

OPPO isn’t launching a new phone at Mobile World Congress, but the Chinese manufacturer is showing off its latest camera tech at the conference. The company is debuting 5x Dual Camera Zoom, an interesting take on the dual camera module designed to deliver 5x optical zoom without the need for a bulky module.

The culmination of a year-long development effort, OPPO’s sensor features  [Read More…]

Thursday’s best tech bargains: $7 Wireless sports earbuds, Optical zoom smartphone, Lumsing power bank $7

Holy moly, if you’re in the market for wireless sports earbuds, J&L has got a sweet deal for you with the J&L 200s. The priced just dropped to an incredible $ 6.99 with free prime shipping. J&L isn’t like every other third party manufacturer where it rebrands stock products. Instead J&L has a factory and design team dedicated

Chromecast Audio RCA and optical adapter cables launch on Google Store

The Chromecast Audio comes with a 3.5mm cable to connect to your speakers, but some speakers require an RCA or an optical cable. The Chromecast Audio doesn’t come with such connections, but universal adapters are available to make it work. In fact, those adapters are quite cheap.

Google decided to release official cables for the Chromecast audio so you can use the device with RCA and optical speaker systems. This is great, as first party cables are often quite  [Read More…]

The Asus ZenFone Zoom, with 3x optical zoom, is finally launching

Better late than never? That’s exactly the case with Asus’s ZenFone variant that packs 3x optical zoom – the ZenFone Zoom. If you don’t remember, the ZenFone Zoom was actually announced at last year’s CES, alongside the ZenFone 2. But whereas the ZenFone 2 followed up with a proper launch soon after, the ZenFone Zoom quietly disappeared from view.

It appears that Asus was too ambitious and jumped the gun with last year’s announcement. Taking a whole ‘nother year of development,  [Read More…]

Oppo lens attachment revealed with NFC and 10x optical zoom

Photos of a rumored Oppo NFC camera attachment have surfaced over on Weibo. The accessory, attached to the Oppo Find 7, looks almost identical to Sony’s QX series of products. The 10x optical zoom accessory even captures images the same way – through Wi-Fi.