Above: The lens components in a 2014 Oppo smartphone camera. Credit: Oppo.


The principal impact of the smartphone revolution on camera lens technology has been to cause its extreme miniaturization: where once a camera lens could be grasped and weighed in the palm of the hand now it is less than one centimetre across and is picked up (by assemblers and technicians) generally only with tweezers.

(18 March 2019)