A peek inside the Huawei P30 Pro’s periscope lens shows off its clever zoom

The periscope lens in the Huawei P30 Pro

The Huawei P30 Pro offers unprecedented zoom capability for a smartphone camera thanks to a simple periscope — and now we’re getting our first glimpse inside. As seen in a thorough teardown by YouTube channel JerryRigEverything, Huawei’s 5x optical zoom camera module has been cracked open, proving that a telephoto lens and mirror really can fit inside an extremely thin phone. That helps it achieve better zoom than any smartphone we’ve seen to date.

The periscope lens pictured above might not look very big, but to fit it inside of the phone, Huawei had to lay it sideways, as also revealed in an earlier teardown by iFixit. Traditionally, phone manufacturers position a sensor directly behind a lens, but there’s often a tradeoff.

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