A Periscope iPhone Camera

You’re likely happy with your current smartphone. Most phones today are beyond “good-enough.” A lot of folks upgrade just for a better camera; I’m inclined likewise. And one thing that would excite me for the next iPhone: a periscope camera lens. Why? Optical zooooom!


A huge optical zoom on iPhone would be a significant advancement, more than a small iteration or “spec bump.” It would enable the iPhone to capture photos that it just can’t now. Think about how nice it would be, especially if you like outdoor shots.

Sure, you can often “zoom in with your feet” to negate the need for a 2x lens. But the bigger the zoom, say 4x or 8x, then the less likely you’ll do the foot-zoom thing. Let’s say you want to capture an animal in the wild; you’re less likely to scare it off, and you may also be safer by using long telephoto reach.

Of course, a periscope lens should have optical stabilization. More zoom means potentially worse camera shake and blurry pictures. That wouldn’t work.

Most notable is that I’m talking about optical, not digital, zoom. The different glass lenses do the zoom work physically while you compose your shot. And from there, you can still crop-in for greater framing.

A periscope camera on iPhone is possible because: one, it already exists on other phones. Two, I’m sure Apple’s engineers have the skills to make it a reality. I think the only real barrier, a temporary one, would be the cost.

Due to the newness and expense, and Apple’s margins, I think the periscope camera will come in time. It’ll start on the highest-end iPhone Pro Max Super Duper. Then, after a few years, this great camera feature will trickle down to the more affordable iPhones.

To market the new big zoom, Apple could call it: iPhone Z.

The only other question I’d have is what zoom would Apple set for a periscope lens? 4x? 5x? 10x!?

It could all come into focus this year, in 2021!


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2 thoughts on “A Periscope iPhone Camera

  1. This would be an awesome advancement! I do upgrade my iPhones mostly for the camera. Before the coronavirus I traveled quite a bit and took a lot of photos. Many years ago I would take a DSLR and several lenses on trips. What a pain! These days it’s just the phone but I sure do miss the zoom from those lenses. This feature would be a “no hesitation” upgrade for me.

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    1. Awesome, Rob. My wife and I shared a DSLR, and my old PNS cam had a 12x zoom, which was huge at the time. It let me get great shots that were impossible otherwise. Flower lilies on the water, unreachable by hands or feet, but my 12x zoom lens could totally get the shots.
      My safe bet would be Apple adds 4x because it doubles nicely from 2x.
      That said, I found the ultrawide lens on my previous android phone to be very practical indoors and creative outdoors. My iPhone 8 Plus has a 1x and 2x lens. If I had to choose between either a 0.5x or a 4x lens to add on, that’d be tough! I think I’d start with 0.5x!

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