The Oppo Find 7 launches, boasts 50 megapixel photography using just a 13 megapixel lens… what’s going on?

Callum Tennent
March 19, 2014

The Oppo Find 7 has launched today in China. It’s the manufacturer’s flagship handset, and boy is it a flagship.

The Find 7’s tech specs read like total overkill. It’s got a large 5.5 inch display with an unbelievable 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution. That equates to 538 pixels per inch – for some context, Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S5 has but a pathetic 432 ppi, whilst the iPhone 5s a pitiful 326 ppi.

Theres some monstrous hardware hidden behind that razor-sharp display too, with a  2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor producing a frankly decadent 3GB of RAM. To contextualise those numbers, that’s more powerful than a 2007-era MacBook Pro. It’s also got 32GB of in-built storage, with room for expansion.

Amazingly, those specs aren’t even what’s got people talking about the Find 7. The internet was aflutter with rumours when a 50 megapixel image surfaced earlier this month that was allegedly taken on a smartphone. You can view it here – a warning though, your computer may melt/you may die of old age waiting for it to load. It’s 8160 x 6120  pixels in resolution.

The smartphone upon which that photo was taken did indeed turn out to be the Oppo Find 7. However, a cursory glance at the back of the handset will reveal that the lens is only 13 megapixels. So how exactly does it work?

It turns out that the handset’s in-built ‘Super Zoom’ software creates a rather clever sort of photographic jigsaw puzzle. It takes ten photos for every shot taken. From those ten, it then chooses the four best to piece them together – by combining four 13 megapixel images, you have your 50 megapixel image. 4k video is, of course, also supported.

The handset will run Android version 4.3 Jellybean and has a 3000 mAh battery to support all of its rather draining features. Oppo claim that thanks to their Rapid Charge technology that it can reach 75% batter from empty in just half an hour.

It’s priced at  3,498 yuan in China, which translates to roughly £340. Whether or not it will see a British release is yet to be seen.

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Callum Tennent

International playboy/tech journalist.

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