Smartphones have become the go-to piece of kit for taking pictures for the average consumer, even Nikon finally acknowledged that it’s starting to feel the pinch from this shift in technology. But at the moment, even the most high-end smartphone camera lack the versatility of a more expensive “proper” camera.
But we are starting to see smartphone manufacturer’s take note, Samsung already has its first camera/smartphone product on the market, and now it looks like Sony is planning to release its own piece of photography tech for smartphones.
According to the rumor, Sony is planning a lens camera accessory for mobiles devices, which will feature the same 1-inch 20.2 megapixel Exmor R sensor and f/1.8 Carl Zeiss lens as Sony’s RX100M2 camera. The accessory will also supposedly feature a built-in battery, as well as NFC and WiFi connectivity.
The most interesting feature of this product is that it will be able to pair with, and mount on, any number of smartphones, and then use the smartphone’s display as a live view screen for the camera. So, regardless of your smartphone’s original camera, you’ll be able to take some pretty decent quality snaps.
Sony Alpha Rumors, the original source of the news, is adamant that a product will be heading our way soon, having marked the post as SR5, its code for almost certainly correct. We’ll just have to wait and see.