# How to calculate the focal length of cell phone cameras when none of the required parameters are available?

There are many camera phones for which the focal length, aperture size, and sensor size are not available. Is there a formula to calculate these parameters or a site which provides these details for all the mobile phone cameras?

Will the lens equation $$\{1\over u} + {1\over v} = {1\over f}\$$ give me an accurate focal length? (Where $$\u\$$ is the subject-to-leans distance, and $$\v\$$ is the lens-to-image distance)

No the lens equation $$\{1\over u} + {1\over v} = {1\over f}\$$ is not useful in this circumstance, as the image distance $$\v\$$ (labelled $$\S_2\$$ in the diagram above) is unknown, and the only way to find that distance would be to cut the camera in half and measure it. Even if you did that (bearing in mind it changes as the lens focuses, so make sure you focus before cutting it in half) it's worth noting that the formula applies to single element lenses, in a multi-element lens $$\v\$$ ($$\S_2\$$) refers to the distance from the second principal plane to the sensor. There are various ways to determine the location of the second principal plane but you don't want to go there.