Photography Sony's rumored "lens camera" and why it could be the real deal

Shawn Knight

Posts: 12,196   +120
Staff member
Sony is reportedly close to releasing an accessory designed to significantly boost the quality of photos taken with a smartphone. The accessory, referred to as a “lens camera,” could mount on the back of your device and would transmit images...

[newwindow=""]Read more[/newwindow]


Posts: 3,211   +1,455
So here's the $10,000 question... would a product like this be a great bridge between a dedicated DSLR and your current smartphone camera? Or would it have too many trade-offs and not quite be good enough to justify carrying it around instead of a real camera?

Either way, I think it's a cool idea.
  • Like
Reactions: BlueDrake


Posts: 349   +132
"This will be the final nail in the coffin for consumer cameras I bet."

Perhaps, but what is the difference between this and a consumer camera? As the article says, it can take stand-alone pictures and is merely using your smartphone as an extra-large LCD screen. Nothing new here... just another gimmick to part people with their money, especially if this debuts at a higher price than a stand-alone camera because ... wait for it ... it can be used with a smartphone!

Seems pointless to me. They already have wireless stand-alone cameras.


Posts: 1,703   +171
What's the difference between this and one of those compact cameras with interchangeable lenses? They're pretty much the same to carry around but the dedicated camera will be much quicker to take a picture.


Posts: 2,854   +197
New tech! They want you to get it! Price right I might. Just got a new SONY last month to take pictures does a great job doing that.


This type of camera phone attachment is nothing new...iPhones and Samsungs have been available for some time with adapters that allow attaching lenses.

The issue to remember is that your still trying to get a tiny little camera phone sensor to do the job of a true DLSR type photo sensor...not gonna happen. It might be 6, 12, or even 24 megapixel but that's only one spec that does not truly reflect the quality delivered. Photo sensors need to be bigger in size than a pencil eraser to allow enough light to be captured for quality photos...not to mention quality optics in front of the sensor. Even the best camera phones today barely match the quality of the first DSLR cameras from the 10-15 years ago...