A rumor started circulating last week claiming that the Nexus 5 could potentially revolutionize smartphone photography (again) by being the first to ship with a MEMS camera, introducing ultra fast autofocus speeds and post-shot refocusing. As it turns out, Oppo will ship the first smartphone with DigitalOptics' MEMS camera. On top of that, Oppo will be an exclusive launch partner. DigitalOptics' press release explicitly puts an end to the rumor that the Nexus 5 will ship with one of their camera modules.
"There has been speculation on who would be the first to bring the significant benefits of mems|cam to the mobile imaging market. Last week, several technology news blogs reported that mems|cam was first being brought to market in another smartphone platform. Those reports were inaccurate."
Oppo made the first MEMS volume purchase order, but it has not announced which devices will ship with the technology, nor has it provided a time frame. Just know that it will appear inside the company's premium models sometime in the future. Given the fancy camera Oppo introduced last month in its unveil of the N1, maybe this news shouldn't come as too much of a surprise.