Galaxy S22 Ultra could have the best smartphone zoom camera ever made

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The Galaxy S21 Ultra is the best smartphone camera right now, thanks to its big primary sensor, an ultrawide camera with autofocus, and two telephoto cameras (3x and 10x) with OIS. Next year, Samsung could introduce an improved camera with the launch of the Galaxy S22 Ultra and its new zoom camera technology.

According to tipster Ice Universe, the Galaxy S22 Ultra will feature an improved periscope camera with continuous zoom. The current periscope zoom units found on smartphones such as the Galaxy S21 Ultra have fixed lenses. The phone has to use a cropped image from the primary camera or use a separate intermediary zoom lens (2x or 3x) before the periscope camera kicks in. This results in poor image quality at non-native zoom levels.

Samsung Electromechanics and Samsung LSI have reportedly developed the continuous zoom periscope solution for the Galaxy S22 Ultra. The lenses (or elements) inside this new periscope unit can move freely (from 3x to 10x), offering perfect optical sharpness and details at all magnification levels. This technology is similar to digital and DSLR cameras. The Sony Xperia 1 III’s periscope zoom camera uses a similar solution but it has only two native magnification levels (3x and 4.4x).

Samsung Continuous Zoom Periscope Lens Mechanism

Galaxy S22 Ultra could also feature an under-display selfie camera, AMD graphics

Apart from the new zoom camera, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is rumored to feature two important upgrades. The device will reportedly use an under-display selfie camera, which means that its display will be free from punch-hole cutouts. The phone could also feature the Exynos 2200 processor with AMD Radeon Mobile GPU, which is expected to be more powerful than the GPU found inside Apple’s latest A14 Bionic chip.

With the combination of a groundbreaking zoom camera technology, an ultra-powerful GPU, and an under-display camera, Samsung might have another winner on its hands. Are you excited about the Galaxy S22 Ultra? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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