Sony developing high-end, fully external smartphone cameras?
Smartphone camera performance is an increasingly big deal, and recently we’ve seen a new wave of hardware that really tries to push the boundaries of what we’ve come to expect. Right after the slightly-too-bulky Galaxy S 4 Zoom launched, we mused about the possibility of making a really high-quality camera an accessory, like a case, that just snaps on when you need it – really, a lot similar to what’s going on with Jolla. Today a new rumor claims that Sony might be working on just such a system, with fully external lens and sensor system.
Now, we’ve heard about users attaching oversized lenses to smartphones before – whether that’s part of a case or a stand-alone accessory, they use a phone’s original sensor and lens, and simply augment that. This Sony system would supposedly feature large lenses with all the electronics – battery, sensor, storage, and communications – built into the base. Then you’d simply snap it all onto a smartphone, where the lens package would interact with the phone via NFC and WiFi.
That sounds very interesting, and Sony Alpha Rumors insists this information is of the highest reliability, but we’re seriously skeptical. For instance, the site claims that this pic below actually depicts the system – and a pair of its sources have confirmed this. We may not be optics experts here, but that looks like a regular-old lens – wouldn’t it have to be considerably deeper for there to be space for the sensor and electronics? Or is that disk supposed to contain those parts – and if so, it also looks too thin.
And then with power issues and all… suffice it to say, we’re going to need a lot more convincing here.