This isn't an early April fool's joke, dear reader. Oppo's latest flagship device has a built-in microscope included, and the results are impressive.
Marques Brownlee is back once again to show us what we can expect to see from the leading tech manufacturers in the coming year. This week, Brownlee gets access to the Oppo Find X3 Pro smartphone, which on the surface looks like many of the other flagship phones you can currently get your hands on. This phone, however, has a macro lens with a built-in ring-light around it. Boasting a 60x magnification and f/3.0 aperture lens, it's understandable why the camera maker calls this a "Microlens" rather than a macro.
Brownlee proceeds to show this particular lens in action, and we are shown a gallery of images that he has taken with the phone. I must say the results are impressive. I have talked before about the benefits of trying to see the world through different eyes, and a camera like this would help with that.
The video contains a full in-depth review of many of the other features the phone has and is well worth a watch in its entirety. For those short on time, the second half of the video is where all the microscope action happens. Brownlee concludes by saying that although having a microscope in a smartphone is a bit of a gimmick, it's a very good gimmick executed well. When you compare what Oppo has done with other manufacturers, their attempt at macro is light-years ahead.
What do you think of this "Microlens"? Would you use such a feature? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.