Sony may soon release a high-end camera attachment for smartphones

Sony may soon release a high-end camera attachment for smartphones
If this rumor turns out to be true (and it does look reliable), this is a bold move for Sony. Apparently, Sony is tired of trying to attract customers to its smartphones with impressive camera specs and quality, and is looking to release a high-end camera attachment that would be able to hook onto any smartphone.

According to the report from SonyAlpha Rumors, Sony has developed a product that is essentially a full camera-in-a-lens system, meaning it is a high-end lens with built-in sensor, battery, and storage. The lens would be able to attach to a smartphone or be used separately, and could transmit the images you capture to a mobile device via NFC or Wi-Fi. The report says you will be able "to see live view images on your mobile device", which seems to indicate that your mobile device will act as a live viewfinder

The report says the first release will essentially be 1" 20.2MP Exmor R sensor and f/1.8 Zeiss lens that you would find in the Sony DSC-RX100M II camera. The second model will have a smaller sensor, but longer optical zoom. 

No word yet on pricing or availability.

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29 Comments

1. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

This is better than nokia 2/3 sensor lol. Cry now nokia fanboys!

4. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

More like "Jealous"® Sony Like no others™ Why compromise™ Ftw©

18. SakuroAkino

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 12, 2013

I think Honami Rumours with INTERCHANGEABLE LENS is going to be True

9. saadasadkhatri

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Totally useless innovation. No one can carry such Bulky Lens in his or her pocket all the time. Beside it would be wise to buy a slimmer Point n Shoot than this fat lens. Smartphone Camera war is about carrying a Phone & a Camera (together) in your small pocket jeans!

12. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

as the rumor mentioned, it can be used as a standalone camera so basically it's just another camera that can be attached to a smartphone to allow smartphone users to take much better photos. the idea is to make any android phone capable of taking fantastic photos. it basically destroys the galaxy s4 zoom and lumia 1020 because it makes any other phone a competitor to these monstrous devices. if the idea sells, it will mean good returns for sony.

13. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

It can make android phone, or windows phone, or even blackberry take better photos, if it is supposed to be universal - since every phone has different dimensions and camera positioned differently. And dont forget, it's just a digital camera that can share photos wirelessly and hook on a phone; It DOES NOT make a phone take better photos - the accessory itself is already a camera capable of taking photos even without hooking onto a phone.

17. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

but i suppose the idea is to make it appear like a part of the phone. it will come with its own app so the photos can be saved immediately on the phone and shared or manipulated using the special features of the phone. i will have to stand by my statement that it actually makes phones take better (if the rumor is true) photos because it serves as the camera of the phone. it substitutes for the phone's camera. it's like upgrading your phone's camera with a quick clip-on or add-on hardware.

14. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Totally useless for jealous haters. It beats every smartphone camera on the market even the pureview 808. It has the same quality as sony rx100 II so why it's a useless innovation? U can post super high quality pictures on instagram

11. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

Im a Nokia fanboy, but i do admit this is a nice idea - but it still makes a phone significantly thicker, and it's a bit like carrying a mirror-less camera. Sony cant catch up to what Nokia is doing (and probably they prefer to maintain a phone's slimness) so they went for a different route. Not necessarily a bad thing though. But, this is not a new idea - if you have seen some people working for Nokia, i forgot his name, his DIY work - a modded 808 PureView with a DSLR lens attached to it. I remember seeing it on WPcentral some time ago. But i dont think Nokia had any plans to release a phone which you can remove the back cover and swap it with one that allows you to attach DSLR lens on it. It was simply a DIY work.

28. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

Juha Alakarhu

22. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

dude Sony and Nokia is both superior company in my eyes.

29. Maddy

Posts: 31; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

Let sony put a price tag for it....you need to buy mobile and attachment....ha ha sony u need to learn a lot when it comes to making a good camera phone....we don't want camera and phone...Nokia is the King

30. SakuroAkino

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 12, 2013

sony does not wants to sacrifice with the slim portion of honami so they are not giving a huge sensor on honami as everyone knows they already have it :D

2. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

This would give a reason to people to buy stellar phones having mediocre camera..

3. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Cameraphone wars 2013/2014!!!

5. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

That's a great idea it only needs to be well priced and good marketing !

6. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Please,sony please. Been waiting for this.

7. zombiewolf115

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 16, 2013

this on my nexus 4? . shut up and take my money!

8. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

...but what about the flash? It looks like the camera module would cover most phones' integrated flash.

27. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Obviously, you're supposed to use one of these:http://goo.gl/G7Ia2

32. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Since this attachment is independent of the phone camera it can be place anywhere behind the phone away from the flash. That attachment looks like it will cover most of the phone's back but that picture is for illustration purpose only so chill.

34. oister85

Posts: 508; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Good question.

10. HeWhoDoesNothing

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

Sh*t just got real. Sony says: NO MORE GAMES.

15. SakuroAkino

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 12, 2013

1 inch sensor?? Same as in The Great RX100??? Thats awesome

25. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

I can´t wait ! The beast is comming ! I´ll keep my GORGEOUS S3 with it !

26. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Bye Nokiaaaaaa !!!!! LoL ...http://www.artefactgroup.com/wvil/ ... Nobody wants to spend money !

33. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

ROFL u call that innovation taht a work around and a shortcut cant make a good cameraphone fine lets not try it make a camera and fit it in the phone and retards will see it revolution dude these cameras are from 1990's

31. bcb16

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

Interesting idea. Hmm if it's true, I wonder about price availability (will it be lower or equal to sony rx100 price?), mount system (will it work for small/thin bezel?), smartphone spec (will it work for low/mid/high end ?) and who does the image processing, smartphone or the camera attachment?

36. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Great but now they have to provide flash attachment with the lens.

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