A typical smartphone flash with its existing capacitor (silver cylinder), and the new polymer capacitor material (lower left)
Prof. Lee Pooi See (left) and Xenon Technologies CEO Jack Tuen, with the new capacitor material
While stand-alone compact cameras are increasingly at risk of being made obsolete by smartphone cameras, they do still have their advantages. One of those advantages is the fact that, in most cases, their flashes are considerably more powerful. Smartphones may soon be catching up in that area, however, thanks to a new small-but-mighty capacitor paired with a dedicated xenon flash.
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