A lot of smartphone brands have recently have turned to traditional camera manufacturers to help them improve the picture quality of their phones. Vivo has teamed up with Zeiss, OnePlus has teamed up with Hasselblad, and now, According to multiple reports, it looks like Samsung may be looking to team up with Olympus to upgrade cameras for future Galaxy phones.
A potential partnership between Samsung and Olympus was first detailed on Twitter by the famous leaker Yogesh, who claimed that while the exact nature of the partnership was not entirely clear yet, it could lead to new technology on the Galaxy Fold 3 (which is expected to launch this fall) or the Galaxy S22 Ultra (which is not scheduled to arrive until early next year).
Reports of the collaboration were apparently later confirmed by IceUniverse, who claimed a source told him that the partnership between Samsung and Olympus was “reliable information”. Olympus would have contacted first to trigger initial discussions.
Wit remains to be seen what kind of effect Olympus will have on mobile cameras from Samsung, Dutch site GalaxyClub.nl reports that Samsung is also considering adding a sensor.move the tech to the Galaxy S22, which coincidentally (or not) is the tech that Olympus has showcased on a number of its mirrorless cameras.
Sensor-shifting is a technique commonly found on high-end DSLRs mirrorless cameras that allow the camera to move its image sensor independently from the rest of the device, which can reduce vibration and movement to help capture sharper, shake-free images. And in some cases, camera makers like Olympus have also used sensor shift technology to move a camera’s image sensor as small as a pixel in multiple directions while capturing a series of photos. , before stitching these images together to create a composite image with much higher resolution and sharper detail than you would get from a single shot.
rededicated sensorshift tech hasn’t seen much action on smartphone cameras. Most device manufacturers have adopted optical image stabilization (OIS) technology instead, which typically adjusts both the camera’s sensor and its lens together to reduce vibration while also being less expensive to implement. However, last fall, Apple added sensor displacement stabilization to the wide angle camera on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, and rumor has it that Apple plans to expand the use of the sensormove the technology to the full iPhone 13 lineup later this year.
Adding a sensorshift tech could represent a big upgrade for Samsung’s Galaxy phones. The Galaxy S21 Ultra has an impressive 10x optical zoom which could be further improved with better stabilization. And although these specifications are not confirmed, Let’s Go Digital teams up with Technizo Concept to create renderings of what a Galaxy S22 Ultra might look like with a 200 MP sensor and new camera technology from Olympus.
Samsung has used essentially the same image sensors on its last two main ones Galaxy S phones (with intergenerational image processing improvements), so the company could really benefit from improved camera hardware on future Galaxy phones. Turning to Olympus could be an interesting way to make this happen.