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Sony's building a massive latch-on camera lens for smartphones

Rumors by Andrew Kameka on Friday July 19, 2013.

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Sony camera sensor for smartphones
Sony camera sensor for smartphones

When Samsung announced the Galaxy S4 Zoom and it's big camera lens, multiple Nokia employees mocked the company by taping DSLR lenses to their Lumia smartphones. It appears that Sony doesn't believe that's such a crazy idea.

Sony Alpha Rumors has posted an image of a Sony Xperia Z with a "lens-camera" that features a built-in sensor, storage, and battery. The lens latches on to a smartphone and then uses the phone as a live viewfinder as pictures are taken. It can then transfer the photos through NFC or Wi-Fi, so users can take the resulting images into their desired apps for editing or sharing online. The lens can operate independently but it gains more power when connected to a smartphone or tablet.

The idea of a large camera attachment of this nature seems bizarre, but if companies are building cameras with phone capabilities and others are selling camera grips for smartphones, it seems less outlandish. Sony Alpha Rumors is convinced that this product will be released because it has heard from two sources on the matter. The site has labeled the rumor a 5 on a 1 to 5 certainty scale, but all rumors should be taken with a grain of salt until officially confirmed and announced by a company.

source: Sony Alpha Rumors, via: The Verge

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