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Tecno’s Eagle Eye Lens Technology

Tecno is a lesser-known brand in Europe because the company primarily sells phones in Africa, where it has made a name for itself with low-cost entry-level models. However, the Chinese firm appears to be emerging with technology demonstrations, particularly in the camera area, recently.

It recently announced its Eagle Eye Lens technology, which aims to provide better optical zoom stabilisation to track subjects while filming or shooting.

Eagle Eye is a periscopic lens system that incorporates two prisms.

The periscopic lens, which uses a prism to transmit light to a vertically positioned sensor, was the most recent innovation in smartphone cameras. A second prism is added to Tecno’s new Eagle Eye lens system, which uses a similar concept. As a result, light must pass through both prisms, with light reflected twice at a 90-degree angle.

The reason given by Tecno for this solution appears to be optical stabilisation and the ability to rotate the prisms to better track a subject in use. Using the two prisms, the subject is not only kept in frame throughout the shoot, but it is also kept in constant focus. Of course, this hardware solution includes intelligent software for tracking people and objects and correctly interpreting what the photo sensor and stabilisation system is recording.

According to Tecno, it will be able to track even very fast moving objects in the frame.

“The lens’s internal dual prisms enable AI tracking and recording, allowing for an ultra-stabilizing angle of up to 6 degrees on both the positive and negative axes.” According to Tecno representatives, “the two prisms can uniaxially tilt at 8 or 10 degrees, resulting in a total of 16 degrees of tilt in the short direction and 20 degrees in the long direction of the image, allowing for intelligent tracking of objects in the image.”

As a result, the object being tracked will always be in the center of the image as long as it is in the frame. Moving detail is also enhanced by optical stabilisation.

Tecno gives the example of filming fast-moving sports like Formula 1 racing, where you can now follow cars around the track with your phone.

The technology is expected to make its debut on Tecno phones next year. According to the company, the technology will not be licensed to other partners, so it will only be found on its devices until an alternative from a vendor willing to offer it to other manufacturers becomes available.