A new kid called Oppo is poised to take on Samsung and Sony in the camera space

a new kid called oppo is poised to take on samsung and sony in the camera space n lens

Have you heard of Oppo? If not, you might be hearing of them soon, as the China-based manufacturer is making a name for itself in the consumer electronics sector. The company is already a familiar brand in the home entertainment market, but it looks like Oppo has its eyes on cameras and smartphones, too.

Back in July, Android Authority reported that Oppo is creating an enthusiast point-and-shoot camera that would rival Samsung’s Galaxy Camera. The device would be high resolution and utilize a “night owl processor” for handling low light and, according our own Andy Boxall, possibly Lytro-like refocusing. What’s interesting is that, like the Galaxy Camera, it’ll be connected and possibly run on Android. A company rep confirmed with Engadget in late July that it is indeed developing a new photo-centric product called the N-Lens, calling it the “most important flagship series for Oppo going forward.” But leaked photos (possibly by Oppo itself) show that the N-Lens might actually be an Android smartphone with a 12-megapixel camera, which would make it more like Nokia’s Lumia 1020 (minus the whopping 41-megapixel sensor) than a Galaxy Camera.

oppo-lens-cameraBut recent news suggests that Oppo is going beyond a simple Galaxy Camera rival. Taking a page out of Sony’s recently unveiled QX-series “lens-style” cameras, Oppo could also possibly be making two attachable lens cameras, both featuring a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor (irony: made by Sony), optical image stabilization, SD card slot, and Wi-Fi and NFC. The difference will be in the optical zoom, one with 10x and the other with 15x.

oppo-n1-tweetThere’s certainly a lot of conflicting information (is it a dedicated camera or a smartphone?), and Oppo, while not denying it’s working on something, isn’t revealing or confirming anything else. It’s possible that the N-Lens and attachable lenses could be the same product or part of a product. What we do know is that the company is planning to launch a new photo-centric smartphone called the N1 on September 23, which may or may not contain any of the camera tech aforementioned. In one teaser trailer, we see what looks to be photography-related graphics. Plus, the company recently tweeted this bold statement, “Blurring the lines between smartphones and DSLR cameras,” in reference to the N1. The tweet shows an illustration of what is the N1 with the words “Cutting Edge Optics” and a graphic for something called “Pure Image.”

Regardless of whatever it comes out with, it looks like Oppo is seriously challenging Samsung, Sony, Nokia, and other manufacturers in the photography space. It’d be interesting to see if Oppo becomes a name we’ll be talking about in the near future.

Product Review

Equal parts tool and toy, the Lensbaby Edge 35 bucks photographic tradition

The Lensbaby Edge 35, part of the Composer Pro optic swap system, creates tilt-shift-like blur without the tilt-shift price. Made for photographers who want find tradition boring, it opens up new ways to work with blur.
Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S10 update gives manual control of Bright Night mode

Samsung 2019 flagship smartphone lineup is here, and there aren't just two phones as usual — there are four. There's the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, as well as a new entry called the S10e, as well as the Galaxy S10 5G.
Mobile

The OnePlus 3 & 3T both receive an open beta for Android Pie

Android 9.0 Pie has been released. But is your phone getting Android 9.0 Pie, and if so, when? We've done the hard work and asked every device manufacturer to see when their devices would be getting the update.
Photography

Panasonic Lumix S1R vs. Nikon Z 7: When megapixels matter, which do you choose?

The 47-megapixels Lumix S1R and 46-megapixel Nikon Z 7 are the two highest-resolution, full-frame mirrorless cameras on the market. The S1R features a high-resolution mode that can take 187MP images, but the Nikon is lighter and cheaper.
Smart Home

Watch: Police responding to an alleged burglary find a Roomba, not a robber

Police officers in Washington County, Oregon responded to a call of a potential burglary and were surprised to find the perpetrator was actually just a Roomba. Body cam footage of the encounter has been released.
Deals

The best budget-friendly GoPro alternatives that won’t leave you broke

Cold weather is here, and a good action camera is the perfect way to record all your adventures. You don't need to shell out the big bucks for a GoPro: Check out these great GoPro alternatives, including some 4K cameras, that won’t leave…
Photography

The Black Eye Pro Cinema Wide G4 is a knockout lens for any smartphone

Where cheaper wide-angle accessory lenses add distortion, and costlier models don't always justify their higher prices, the Black Eye Pro Cinema Wide G4 offers a valuable balance of modest price and high quality optics.
Photography

Etch-A-Snap camera puts a modern spin on one of your favorite childhood toys

Can't draw on an Etch A Sketch? Snap a photo with the Etch-A-Snap and the camera will draw out the scene for you. The weirdly cool camera designed by Martin Fitzpatrick replaces the usual LCD screen with an old-school Etch A Sketch.
Photography

Family feud: Huawei P30 Pro vs. P20 Pro vs. Mate 20 Pro camera shootout

The Huawei P30 Pro's camera has an amazing zoom mode and low light capabilities. But take these away, and how does it compare when facing its sibling phones, the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro, taking regular photos?
Photography

Nikon Z 7 vs. Sony A7R III: High-res mirrorless cameras compared

The Nikon Z 7 and Sony A7R III both have over 40 megapixels, but which one comes out on top? With similar image quality, the answer comes down to speed, autofocus, battery life, and design.
Deals

The Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR camera gets a steep price cut at Walmart

Modern smartphones can snap pretty impressive pics, but if you want pro-quality photos, you need a dedicated digital camera. The Canon EOS Rebel T6 is one of the best entry-level DSLR cameras on the market, and it’s on sale right now for…
Photography

Sweet 16: Wacom’s Cintiq 16 pen display makes retouching photos a breeze

Wacom’s Cintiq pen displays are usually reserved for the pros (or wealthy enthusiasts), but the new Cintiq 16 brings screen and stylus editing to an approachable price. Does it cut too much to get there?
Mobile

Selfies are now banned at China’s gigantic Aperture Spherical Telescope

You can't take a selfie with the world's largest single-dish radio telescope anymore, as the Chinese government has banned everything from smartphones to digital cameras in the surrounding 5-kilometer area.
Photography

Light on price but rich on features, these are the best cameras for students

Need pro-level features on a budget? The best cameras for students mix advanced features with a more palatable price point. From $2K entry level full frame cameras to $600 budget picks, here are five of the best cameras for students.