Sony is making a crazy high-end lens camera attachment for your smartphone [Rumor]


If this rumor turns out to be the real deal, Sony might be planning to shake things up in the smartphone AND camera industry. According to Sony Alpha Rumors, the company is working on a high-end camera attachment for your mobile devices.

Basically, they’re making a high performance lens not unlike the ones found in their high-end compact cameras — for your smartphone. The lens would attach to the smartphone, and your smartphone’s screen would act like a live view screen for the camera. This actually makes some sense because, while smartphone cameras have certainly been improving over the years, so have dedicated cameras. Your Xperia Z might be able to take some pretty decent pictures, but it most likely won’t be able to compete with the images that a Sony RX100 Mark II can produce.

Speaking of Sony’s latest top-of-the-line compact camera, the rumored lens attachment is actually said to be the very same lens found in the RX100 II: a 1-inch 20.2-megapixel Exmor R sensor and f/1.8 Carl Zeiss lens. In addition to that, the camera add-on will also have its own battery built-in, NFC and WiFi.

Take note, even if Sony Alpha Rumors says that two trusted sources have told them that this is definitely happening, it’s nothing until official confirmation with Sony. So if this entire whole idea excites you, treat it with a grain of salt.

What do you think of Sony’s crazy new camera attachment? Would you buy a product like this if it existed? After all, the best camera is the one you always have with you. Share with us in the comments!

[via Sony Alpha Rumors, The Verge]

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  • tom

    yes I might; I always thought the point of a smart phone was to be, actually smart, to do a good job at exactly what you want it to do.

  • Louis

    Well for most everyday pictures, even over some distance, the high resolution does take the sting out of the lack of an optical zoom on cellphones, excep t for one or 2 phones that actually have (limited optical zoom lenses).

    And the virtually zero time lag of most smartphones make sit really nice to snap a lot of pics, then deleting those not up to standard.

    But when I go travelling , I still take my (quite small 14 x optical Sanyo camera / video cam with me, it doe smake a difference.

    So yeah, if this thing not too expensive, I may go for it, if it can handle the 5 inches of Samsung Galaxy screen