The lens protruding from the housing usually deforms the body of the device. However, a technology is emerging that will soon leave camera lenses hidden inside the housing.
Nobody has any doubt that the camera lens protruding outside the housing (or three, as in the case of the iPhone 11) looks ugly, and is prone to scratches. Manufacturers of smartphones outdo each other to photographic units and it is not surprising. Smartphone photography is becoming more and more popular, and the best photo smartphones take pictures that good cameras would not be ashamed of. However, larger sizes go hand in hand with larger sizes. The optics of the new smartphones are more advanced, the lenses have more lenses and therefore it is difficult to hide them in the housing. This problem may soon become obsolete.According to the service techradar.com , American scientists (what else) from the University of Utah created lenses just a few micrometers thick. 1000 microns gives us 1 millimeter. So you can guess that such a lens would be extremely slim. Not only that, it will not stick out of the smartphone housing, but will even be hidden in it.
Will this work out?
The new patent seems very interesting. If you could reduce the thickness of the lenses, you can simultaneously improve the optics by adding more lenses, without worrying about a noticeable increase in thickness. Going a step further – in the following years it could be possible to create zoom lenses, which would give a large zoom , which is missing in smartphones today.Only will it work? Since scientists have already developed the technology, it means physically yes. The only question is how this technology affects the quality of photos. Will lenses designed with its use not perform a little worse? For now, scientists have managed to create prototypes , but they were not able to check how they work in practice and what photos they give. Sugar has been replaced with other substances in carbonated drinks for many years. But everyone knows that such a drink has a different taste and Cola Zero will never pretend to be ordinary Cola. Will it not be similar here? Will this technology bring limitations? The creators say that the new lenses could be installed in smartphones in 2-3 years, so we will be able to see if this technology really accepts and provides thin lenses without any compromise.