The Xiaomi Mi MIX range will finally return to the market, after years of absence in Europe. The announcement of the return of this device confirmed its position as an innovative mobile, through the use of liquid camera lenses. This concept has raised a lot of doubts, as it’s something we haven’t seen in the market until now.
What Are Liquid Camera Lenses? How are they different from other sensors and how are they better? These are questions that many are asking after this Xiaomi Mi MIX announcement. This type of lens has been in development for some time. And there have been rumors of various Android phones that are going to use them, but Xiaomi’s is the first.
What are liquid camera lenses
Traditional camera lenses are made of glass and its focal length depends on the material it is made of and the radius of the curvature. Liquid camera lenses are made of a liquid that has the ability to change shape at a rapid rate, allowing you to change the focal length at will. This type of lens has the ability to focus near and far objects in a matter of milliseconds, which is why they are touted as an ideal option for smartphones.
In the case of Xiaomi, their idea when using a liquid lens is that its use allows them use the same camera for different purposes. A liquid layer is used on said lens, a material which can be molded, thus allowing this camera to have different uses. The brand has opted for its own development of said camera.
Xiaomi has developed in your case a system capable of manipulating this liquid lens to act as telephoto lens and camera with macro focus. The combination of these sensors makes it possible to reduce the space in this camera module and depending on the brand, better and brighter photos are obtained. This combination makes it a luminous lens, with a very low level of light scattering and resistance to extreme environments.
What advantages does it have
Using liquid camera lenses in a smartphone offers a series of advantages over traditional optical lenses, which a brand like Xiaomi has taken into account when using them in their new smartphone. The main advantages of its use are:
- A more compact camera module: The telephoto sensor is smaller in this case, although it is capable of taking macro images. The module therefore takes up less space.
- A better approach: Focusing becomes faster and more precise, which will also allow you to get better photos faster.
- Brighter photos: The level of light scattering is extremely low, allowing the resulting photos to be brighter.
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