LG Innotek will introduce ultra-compact optical zoom camera modules for smartphones to help phone makers reduce camera bump, a term referring to how far out a camera protrudes from the rest of the phone, while increasing picture quality at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, according to the camera module maker, Thursday.
The company elaborated the optical zoom camera module is an ultra-compact component that enables telephoto shots on smartphones. The technology has been used mainly in professional cameras such as digital single-lens reflex cameras (DSLRs).
When the component is mounted on the rear camera of a smartphone, the user can shoot quality images of objects that are a significant distance away.
LG Innotek especially emphasized that the new camera module will help smartphone makers reduce the camera bump on their devices.
“The company minimized the thickness of the module, removing the camera bump. The thickness of camera modules becomes thicker when they have higher magnification, but the company solved the camera bump issue by innovating lens design and module structure,” the company said.
The company said it also developed a new zoom actuator for the camera module.
“The zoom actuator is a key part of the camera module as it is critical for quality pictures. The component is required to move multiple lenses quickly and precisely to get high-quality pictures,” the company said. “The zoom actuator LG Innotek developed is more accurate, fast, durable and energy-efficient than previous products.”
With the new camera module, LG Innotek aims to solidify its leading status in the smartphone camera sector. As demand for optical zoom is increasing among smartphone makers, LG Innotek plans to dominate the market quickly with its technology.
The company is also cooperating with Qualcomm in optimizing software for optical zoom to be equipped in smartphones that will use the U.S. chip maker’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 smartphone chip.
“Smartphone cameras will evolve to increase the performance of optical zoom around premium phones,” LG Innotek CEO Jeong Cheol-dong said.