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Counterclockwise: periscope cameras are old news, optical zoom dates back to 2004

Periscope cameras are set to become "the next big thing" in smartphone photography, but they are not exactly new - they've been around for years actually. The history of optical zoom on mobile goes way back. Keep in mind that mobile phones have had cameras on them only since the year 2000.Not long after that in 2004 the Sharp 902 came around. Vodafone was just launching its 3G network in the UK and it claimed that this is the first phone with a 2MP camera in Europe. Even more interesting, it featured 2x optical zoom.Better yet, it did the zoom with a single camera instead of switching from a wide to a tele camera like modern phones do. Time has buried much of the evidence, but it's quite possible that this was a periscope design, that square-ish lens is pretty telling.The Sharp 903 from 2005 bumped the resolution up to 3.15MP, which the 904 kept. You could even use digital zoom in 3G video calls, isn't that something?Sharp 902 • Sharp 903 • Sharp 904The Nokia N93 from 2006 (and N93i the following year) mimic the design of some digital video cameras with a flip out screen. Its 3.15MP camera had Zeiss lens with 3x optical zoom.Since the camera was laid out along the width of the phone, there was no need for a periscope design - the complex hinge that rotates the screen along two axes made sure screen and camera point at the same direction.The N93 phones had digital image stabilization and the video quality was advertised as "DVD-like".Nokia N93 • Nokia N93iNokia had competition. In 2007 the Samsung G800 launched and, according to its maker, was the "world's first 5MP camera phone with 3x optical zoom". Video capture wasn't up to N93 standards, though, as it topped out at 320p. The G810 from 2008 did add proper 480p video capture (this was at a time when DVD was still king and the HD-capable Blu-ray was just getting started).Samsung G800 • Samsung G810Again, the Nokia and the Samsung offered smooth zooming with a single camera. Modern multi-camera phones just jump between cameras with different focal lengths and interpolate in between.The G810 was followed up by the INNOV8, but Samsung tried a point-and-shoot form factor with the Samsung W880 from 2009. It was essentially a 12MP camera with 3x optical zoom (and 720p video capture) that also happened to be a phone. This was never released globally, though.Years later, Samsung would revisit this design with the Galaxy S4 zoom (2013) and Galaxy K zoom. They boasted an optically-stabilized lens that offered 10x zoom (24-240mm) and relatively large 1/2.3" sensors.Samsung W880 AMOLED 12M • Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom • Samsung Galaxy K zoomThere was the Galaxy Camera in 2012 and its sequel, Galaxy Camera 2 in 2014, which really were Android-powered cameras - they had no...

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