Want to take better photos with your smartphone? How about getting a better camera?
If this allegedly leaked image of a Sony lens attaching to a Xperia smartphone is the real deal, then that’s what Sony has in mind. Take a lens with a built-in sensor, battery, memory, etc. (basically a full-on camera packed into a lens) and make it mountable to your smartphone. Then, you use your camera app on your phone to control the “lens” and wirelessly transfer images to your phone’s camera roll.
This setup will further reduce the steps required to get better photos on your smartphone. Several cameras now offer the ability to wirelessly transfer images to your phone; however, the ability to do it seamlessly hasn’t quite arrived just yet. By making the “lens” really a part of the phone and controlling the capture from the phone, it could simplify the process and make it a better capture experience for smartphone users.
Rumors have it that the first round from Sony will use the same sensor as found in the Sony RX100 II, along with the same lens unit.
I just don’t know if the market is there for a product like this though. It “seems like a good idea” but I don’t know how many people care enough about smartphone photography to carry around a bulky lens in their pocket. I’m glad Sony is willing to step out and test the waters with a product like this, but I’m not optimistic about its chances for success in the market.