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Little miracles: How your favourite tech went from massive to microscopic

Pocket-lint Logo By NASA on The Commons of Pocket-lint | Slide 2 of 14: Even the smallest smartphone camera can often outperform a digital SLR, in terms of its resolution at least: we haven’t quite managed to get the same results you get from a big lens, although some firms’ software enable smartphone photos to come awfully close. But what we have seen is good quality camera sensors and lenses getting much, much smaller: digital cameras began as fist-sized boxes that struggled to deliver VGA resolution; now you can pick up a 4K action video camera that’s smaller than a Polaroid picture. In smartphones we’re seeing the camera area fit in ever more, ever sophisticated lenses so the miniaturisation isn’t so obvious, but firms are still doing more in less space.

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Even the smallest smartphone camera can often outperform a digital SLR, in terms of its resolution at least: we haven’t quite managed to get the same results you get from a big lens, although some firms’ software enable smartphone photos to come awfully close. But what we have seen is good quality camera sensors and lenses getting much, much smaller: digital cameras began as fist-sized boxes that struggled to deliver VGA resolution; now you can pick up a 4K action video camera that’s smaller than a Polaroid picture. In smartphones we’re seeing the camera area fit in ever more, ever sophisticated lenses so the miniaturisation isn’t so obvious, but firms are still doing more in less space.

© NASA on The Commons

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