Olympus has fallen? We doubt that!
Olympus – one of the oldest camera companies, well known for its amazing cameras, is back in action with one of the biggest smartphone companies in the world.
Olympus Corporation is a Japanese manufacturer of optics and reprography products. Olympus was established on 12 October 1919, initially specializing in microscopes and thermometers. Olympus holds roughly a 70-percent share of the global endoscope market, estimated to be worth approximately US$2.5 billion. Its global headquarters are located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan.
Samsung has a great reputation for making camera sensors in the smartphone industry. Samsung LSI is currently producing one of the best sensors used worldwide. It is even closing the gap with Sony for its 29% value share in 2020. Samsung recently launched the biggest sensor ever to equip in a smartphone for Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra which has attracted a lot of consumers worldwide.
Olympus camera and stabilization will implement in the upcoming Samsung flagship series. Smartphones that have been predicted to equip with Olympus cameras are Galaxy S22 and Galaxy Fold 3. Image stabilization technology will completely change as these smartphones will have IBIS in-body image stabilization (IBIS) wizardry of the best Olympus cameras.
This might be a huge success for Samsung from switching from optical image stabilization to in-body image stabilization. other competitors like Apple are also into this technology. In their previous iPhone 12 Pro Max has started incorporating the same sensor-shift technology principles seen in the IBIS systems of the best mirrorless cameras.
This was corroborated by Ice Universe on Chinese social media platform Weibo (as reported by Gizmochina. “My source told me that this is reliable news Samsung x Olympus”.
The reports come just months after Olympus (under its new ownership, OM Digital Solutions) announced that it would collaborate with other companies.
“I believe we can provide value to the photography activities and culture of our customers in areas other than cameras and lenses, instead of just doing things on our own, we will work with other partners when necessary.”Setsuya Kataoka – OM Digital’s Chief Technology Officer
Why Would Samsung Collaborate With Another Camera Company?
Collaboration with other brands is always welcomed. If you look at other smartphone companies, they are in collaboration with other companies in the camera department. Smartphone manufacturers like Nokia, OnePlus, Vivo, and Huawei cooperate with camera brands like Carl Zeiss, Leica, and Hasselblad.
Looks like they are following this trend to improve camera technologies and in addition, collaboration with World’s best camera company might increase the number of sales of their upcoming Galaxy Series. We’ll have to wait and see the sales figures.
Samsung Galaxy S22’s rear camera array is unlikely to have a Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor, per a Korean news outlet. A ToF sensor counts the amount of time it takes for a reflected beam of light to bounce back to a sensor and this helps with 3D mapping for portrait images and facial recognition.
According to Samsung, their flagship series at this point is better without any ToF sensor because it doesn’t serve a meaningful purpose. They will further think about equipping ToF sensors when Augmented Reality and Virtual Apps will be available on Google Playstore and IOS Appstore.
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