Oppo takes some inspiration from Sony with leaked Smart Lens


Two of the weirdest smartphones accessories to surface last year were Sony’s QX10 and QX100 “lens-cameras,” devices that looked a bit like the interchangeable lenses you might attach to an SLR camera, but fully-contained cameras in and of themselves. They had their own power, storage, and connectivity, really lacking only a display. Users would clip them onto existing phones (and later, tablets) to take advantage of the photographic flexibility big sensors and optical zoom provided. While pretty cool (if questionably practical), relatively high prices kept them at arm’s length: you’ll pay about $200 for the QX10, or $500 for the QX100. Might someone develop a more affordable alternative? They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and tonight we check out a serious doppelganger from Oppo.

Word that Oppo was planning a device like this has been around since last fall, but this is our first opportunity to check out pics of the actual hardware, and it really is stunning the extent to which Oppo is mimicking Sony.

Functionality-wise, Oppo’s effort – its Smart Lens – looks like it should be nearly identical to the Sony lens-cameras. While what we see here apparently sports a 10x zoom, there’s also been a a 15x option rumored. Resolution has also yet to be confirmed, but we could be looking at a 16MP sensor – no word on physical size.

But really, it’s price that’s going to make or break the Smart Lens. Oppo may never convince users this is anything other than a knock-off (even if a well-done one), but if the price is right, Sony can keep its lens-cameras. So far, though, we haven’t got a sense for what Oppo might plan on asking.

oppo-smart-lens-2Source: Weibo
Via: Android and Me

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!