An interesting patent popped up on EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) by Samsung describing technology for lossless zoom called “Space Zoom”. It’s very likely that the feature will find its way to one or all of the upcoming Galaxy S11 smartphones in February next year.
The patent doesn’t go into details but describes a feature that lets you zoom in on a subject without losing quality. This sounds a lot like some kind of hybrid zoom, meaning it uses the real magnification from a proper telephoto lens and then applies digital zoom and possibly image stacking to let you go even closer without a significant drop in quality.
Still, the patent is in line with previous rumors claiming that at least one of the Galaxy S11 versions will come with 5x telephoto camera.
We might have to wait until the Spring to see the Space Zoom come to life on the S11 and learn exactly what it is.