According to GalaxyClub, for the third consecutive year, Samsung is going to equip its top-of-the-line Galaxy S22 series flagship with a 10MP 10x periscope camera. The feature was first offered by Samsung on the Galaxy S21 Ultra, released in January 2021. It showed up again on the Galaxy S22 Ultra which was released in February of this year.
GalaxyClub says that we should expect the Galaxy S23 Ultra, which will probably be released in early 2023, to also sport a 10MP 10x periscope camera. What is unknown is whether the second 3x zoom camera will be included as it is on the Galaxy S21 Ultra and Galaxy S22 Ultra. However, there is no reason not to expect Samsung to include the second zoom feature in its 2023 top-of-the-line Galaxy S23 flagship phone.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra features a 10x optical zoom feature
Even if Samsung uses the same camera on the Galaxy S23 Ultra, it can still improve the quality of the images produced by including new software and image processing, adding a better lens to the camera, or widening the aperture to allow more light to get to the sensor.
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Currently, the only 2022 smartphones offering a 10x optical zoom are the Galaxy S22 Ultra and the Huawei P50 Pro. The latter was released in December 2021.
Because the inside of a smartphone is rather restricted when it comes to space, phone manufactures use the periscope camera for 5x to 10x optic zoom capabilities. These cameras contain a prism mirror system that allows the components to lie sideways so that they can fit inside the device. Oppo displayed the technology at MWC 2017 which, at that time, delivered 5x optical zoom. The first smartphone to use a periscope camera is believed to be the Huawei P30 Pro which was released in 2019.