Moto Mod camera may be nearly here, as Hasselblad schedules event next week

Moto Mod camera may be nearly here, as Hasselblad schedules event next week
Modular smartphones opened a new chapter last week with the launch of the Motorola Moto Z, Moto Z Force, and their accompanying Moto Mods accessories. Modules like a high-quality speaker, portable projector, and auxiliary battery pack were all among the first wave of Moto Mods we saw introduced, but we were hoping to get even more. You may recall an early leak revealing a trio of modular backs: two of those were our projector and speaker, but the third failed to materialize – a camera module. We heard that camera-maker Hasselblad could be behind the module, and while Lenovo's teased some sort of next-level camera experience, it's been unclear if the leaked Moto Mod camera would ever actually launch. Now there's a chance that not only could that launch still be in the works, but it may be upon us in just a matter of days, as Hasselblad gets ready for a big announcement next week.

Next Wednesday, June 23, Hasselblad intends to livestream an event that will reveal to us “a game changer in the world of photography.”

Before we start getting too excited, it's worth noting that we're hearing some rumors about a new stand-alone camera with no smartphone affiliation: a fancy prosumer model designed to compete with the market for Leica devices.

And while that could very much be on the menu, other rumors are discussing the possibility of this event finally revealing the Hasselblad Moto Mod camera. Really, though – why couldn't it be both?

In any event, we'll have the full scoop on Hasselblad's announcement soon enough – check back next week for the details if this is indeed the revelation of the next Moto Mod add-on.

source: Hasselblad (YouTube) via Pocket-lint

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Moto Z
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh



1. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Making a phone a compact camera? Sick

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

LOL, I'm not familiar with the brand, but I've been told their cameras cost several thousand dollars. I'll be curious to see the pricing for the smartphone accessory, I'm expecting them to embarrass themselves by announcing a MSRP far over what anyone's willing to pay.

3. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

Like the $300 projector?

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

$300 might be a bit too much for some, not so much for others as it would give them the only phone on the market with a somewhat built in projector. This camera on the other hand, I suspect that Hasselblad's ego might insist on a much higher price tag based off of what I've heard from them. It's just a concern I have is all, I could very much be entirely wrong.

7. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Look at the HB pricing here. By the way it's one of the most expensive high end professional camera in the market : I hope it's a little more than P9 and Leica fishy marketing certified bubble

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Damn! Now I'm really worried about the price! LOL

9. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

They should offer substantial step up from already decent Moto shooter otherwise I don't see the point of buying merely a plastic grip and a few physical buttons. If the module can transform camera experience it should succeed . It also should completely eliminate any thought of buying point and shot camera ever. Having said that it is tricky one because top tier phones already replaced holiday point and shoot cameras.

10. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I dont know, a viewfinder is still demanded from high end point and shoots these days, even the Sony RX100 Mk IV has one now

12. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I don't know either.

17. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Well said! But yeah as you said, top tier phones already replaced holiday point and shoot cameras, my S7 Edge and Mom's S6 Edge(which was my till I bought my S7E) proved this point time and again. But from my experience, the optical zoom is where the phone cameras might not have surpassed the point and shoots. This lens could very well make the difference though.

19. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

That's pretty much where mods can actually succeed, in optics and ability to have some decent optical zoom. By the way S7 and S6 excellent shooters.

18. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Give me a DxO One like and I'll take one ! 1' sensor etc

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm not sold on anything the Moto Z provides.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

News flash, Mxyzptlk is biased against Motorola, the world is shocked! We know, we know, you remind people every day that Google and Motorola are the devil and that you are the all knowing all powerful authority of the comments section of Phone Arena, and to doubt your statements is to doubt the existence of a higher power, blah, blah, blah, blah, blaaaah.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Someone apparently forgot to change their depends again. Don't read my comments if you're that bothered by them. I understand you want attention, but I'm not going to give you that kind of attention.

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Yup, I forgot to change my depends today and it's full of "Mxyzptlk", that's slang here on Phone Arena for "s**t". And you sir, are very full of yourself. So please, eat "Mxyzptlk" and GTFO of here.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's funny watching you be a keyboard warrior, but sad that you have nothing better to do than whine on a tech blog. Get over it. Take the stick out of your rear end and stop being salty.

11. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

If its indeed the Moto Mod, then, a hasselblad camera Mod is going to be completely jaw dropping. A total game changer. Even if its $300, then, the Moto Z (assuming its $500) and the Camera Mod will still be $800. This is probably the most innovative phone since the original iphone. Btw, In case you're wondering, the Z completely annihilates, schools and choke slams the G5 in this game with their Execution, Engineering, Simplicity, future proofing, Options and Possibilities.

13. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

With 300 quid they can lick my arse!That mod nowhere worth more than a samsung vr.

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