Sony rumored to announce lens/sensor combo attachment for smart phones

Sony camera attachment for smart phones

It seems that Sony is working very hard to capitalize on the growing smart phones market. The latest rumors describe a new device in the form of a lens that will have a built in sensor, battery and memory that attaches to a smart phone and transmits the captured images to the phone via NFC and Wi-Fi. The first unit is rumored to have the sensor and lens from the RX100MII camera (1" sensor and 28-100mm f/1.8-4.9 Zeiss lens).

I really don't know what to think about this product (assuming Sony will really release it). In the past there were similar solutions (see here and here) that were more of a hoax then a real prototype. Maybe Sony took them seriously and developed the idea into a real product? Would you use such integrated lens and attach it to your phone?

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  • Thefevre

    I hope it has IOS support and not proprietary to Sony phones!

    • Ufupuw

      IOS doesn’t have NFC so the connection has to be done manually. That’s not Sony’s fault. I’s Apple’s.

      I bet with all Android phones it will be touch and ready.

      • Rusty Cardores

        manual connection the first time, from then it will be automagic.

    • waterengineer

      Do you really believe Sony would do something to benefit Apple? If so, that is laughable.

  • Genkakuzai

    Sounds like an interesting concept, no doubt.

  • tinotino

    This makes no sense since the communication is wifi/nfc only. There is no way to preview and compose the image.

    Unless its not a zoom and you use the smartphone’s build-in camera to “preview” which would be very awkward.

    • Rusty Cardores

      It would simply send what it sees to the phone’s screen.

    • Jason

      It would work the same as other Wi-Fi cameras that they already have. Like was said before it simply transfers what it sees to the phones screen.

    • Ufupuw

      Why does it make not sense to you? Nex-5N, Nex-6, and RX100 already do this. You see live-view on your phone/tablet and use your phone/tablet to take the picture.

      In this case, you can probably even control the zoom from the phone .. same as RX100 II

  • dave

    wtf seriously. imagine having that and making a call(if it could) you would look like a dead set wanker walking down the street with that to your ear.

    • Jason

      Really, did you read it? You would just take the camera attachment off.

  • jajaboo

    this would be amazing if it allowed wireless tether to the phone. One can mount the lens/sensor anywhere then preview and snap a picture wireless from a smartphone.

    • Ufupuw

      Sony cameras with wifi (RX100 II, Nex-6, and even pro cameras like F65, F55, F5) already do this with any tablet/phone

      • jajaboo

        Yes, you’re absolutely correct. Although this would eliminate the need to carry another device with a smaller display.

  • Funduro

    Now that’s thinking outside the box, could start a very interesting new smartphone megapixel war.

  • Jason

    This is a game changer. This could kill mirrorless and/or things like the fuji x100s

    • holga metz

      This will definitely slow down sales of entry level mirrorless. And also negate the need for compacts and advanced compacts altogether.

      And while they’re at it, perhaps Sony can release pancake prime versions of this modular camera idea.

  • Thelefevre

    I’m pretty sure if I buy this Sony camera for my apple phone, so y benefits the most as I already have the apple phone.

    • Ufupuw

      Why? If you buy the Sony module, you pay Sony, and Sony makes money, regardless of what phone you use. If it’s RX100 sensor, it’s going to cost $300 or more. The profit margin should be around $100. Sell 10 million of these, and there is one billion dollar profit.

  • Foot of our stairs

    somebody stop them!

    Its like if your favourite uncle goes senile and walks into the local library naked

  • Gou Dou

    that would be the end of compact cameras

  • Martijn

    i think this is a great idea, not just to combine with smartphones though.

    A waterproof case would be easier to make for just a lens with built-in sensor. having a waterproof “remote” to take the pictures would make a complete and small set for underwater photography (not too deep though or you’d need a flash)

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