Sony prepping external camera for Xperia smartphones?

by XB on 19th July 2013

in Accessories, Imaging, Rumours, Videos, Xperia Z1

Xperia Camera MountRumours are circulating that Sony may be planning to release a new type of “lens camera” that will mount onto smartphones. SonyAlphaRumors is reporting that two of its trusted sources say it is on its way and will come with a built-in imaging sensor, battery and memory.

The device will transmit pictures via NFC and Wi-Fi directly to the smartphone. Apparently the lens camera can be used on its own or attached to a smartphone using a special magnetic mount. The smartphone will then act as a live view for the lens.

SonyAlphaRumors says the first lens will be coming soon and will have the same sensor (1-Inch 20.2-megapixel Exmor R) and lens (f/1.8 Carl Zeiss) as found in the Sony DSC-RX100 II camera. A second model is planned with a smaller sensor and larger zoom. The image below is just for illustrative purposes, but as wacky as the idea sounds, would you buy into such a product?

Xperia Camera Mount

If you are wondering how this may work in practice, check out the concept below from WVIL (Wireless Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens). This first appeared back in CES 2011 and appears to show something very similar to what Sony may have in store.






Via SonyAlphaRumors.

  • Hritik Bhimani

    now dats something i neva thought …way to go sony

  • Justme

    go Sony!

  • faysal

    this is the future guys and sony is paving the way… i think its safe to say, honami might just kill lumia.. if this is done correctly.

  • karrouma

    want it now please

  • afzal

    Wow… This is very interesting…

  • Tech Gospel

    Looks like they bought out WVIL from way back in 2011.

  • 43130

    that’s the more sensible way of bringing the camera to a phone. so apparently, honami is fine with its small sensor because it can use something like this.

    still, why not a 2/3 sensor? why don’t they just give that thing all the best they can give and sell it to competitors? if their phones don’t sell, at least they can make money with it.

  • Izamanaick

    Hope the Honami has it. So it can please all the people that were pissed off w/ it a few days back.

  • P9

    super!!! Sony, go better & better! sony still best all the way. ;)

  • Gadget_Freak8

    Nokia will adopt Android on 2014, here’s the possibility :


  • Diogo Simões

    OMG! I WANT!

  • AsadMulla

    Samsung made a camera with android but I think this is much better because its still your phone and it can be converted into a proper camera easily
    Imagine putting this to your ear. I now your not meant to.
    With the samsung you would still need to carry your phone and you camera

  • 1654146

    if this is true, every android phone may have it. it will apparently be sold as a separate device. it can also be used as a standalone device.

  • Xtr3me

    Nice idea. I need one if it doesn’t cost too expensive.
    150$ it’s enough

  • eXaphor

    Now the question is.. which Xperia will it support..

  • ToT

    Sony will not win when Nokia uses android OS

  • Adrian

    Sounds great. I would be intrested if price is right, under 150 Euro. Good to see that Sony is innovative.

  • Real Xsowa

    It amazing awesome. !!!

  • RealSonyFanboy

    This reminds me of gaming phone, I think it would be very cool if Sony will make PlayStation Phone with detachable controller in the future.

  • Alessandro Troisi

    this is f*cking awesome!!! :D

  • Folk Hellfang

    As long as its 43 mega pixels and I can go rub it in Nokia fans’ faces.

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    Sounds lykk Sony gonna kick everyone’s butt….. Sony is definitely on the right track… Sony vl survive its Digital Imaging Crown !!!!

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  • rafie

    The one who had flat back kind of design.

  • Mac

    Haha sry I have 2 take this phone call x) priceless!

  • siber storm

    Sony fanboys are making fun of the chunky Galaxy S4 Zoom and its 10x zoom. And yet here we are with the imminent release of a far chunkier attachment for Sony phones that will look and function even more laughably. I’m sure they will continue their hypocrisy and cognitive dissonance by praising how revolutionary this is and how it is nothing like the S4 Zoom. Their minds and their logic is always a running joke. No hair-brained regular consumer is gonna buy this “attachment” and for the price and heft and extra thing to carry around, prosumers would rather just carry a real DSLR with wifi or a wifi SD card if they really wanted streamlined connection and editing on their phone. Sure wouldn’t have to downgrade to a point-and-shoot sensor and lens that doesn’t even have a proper camera body and is just hilariously plopped on the back of a smartphone.

    BTW I like Xperia Blog. Very few fansites that are not biased ignorant pricks. I can’t say the same about your general readership, but its not like you can do anything about that.

  • Jan

    magnificent !

  • Gaston

    How about a bug fix release for the Xperia S instead of this worthless shit?

  • Raj Singh

    I like the idea of this unique little gadget — sounds awesome. I hope it works flawlessly when/if it launches. It’ll be cool to take pictures with this thing on vacation. And I hope it works with the Ultra.

  • Lucian

    I’ll tell you why everyone is mocking S4 Zoom.

    Samsung Galaxy Camera had too small sensor that couldn’t compete to its competition. Samsung, don’t know why, took that same sensor that got plenty of critics and put it inside S4 Zoom. First mistake

    They took lens with less zoom and lower quality than Galaxy Camera’s and put it inside Zoom. Second mistake.

    They named it S4 while its specs are embarrassing compared to S4. Third mistake.

    Nokia on other hand hit the right spot with 808 and 1020. Big sensor with lossless quality and so many pixels you can zoom without worry. And while 808 was bulky, 1020 is designed much better. And S4 Zoom just can’t compete with 1020. Neither in size, neither in sensor quality, neither in specs.

    Now if Sony really makes this external camera with 1″ sensor (bigger than Nokia 1020) and F1.8 Carl Zeiss lens and makes it available for plenty of Sony phones they’ll also hit the right spot. I know for myself, I don’t need phone and camera with me all the time and I don’t have my DSLR with me all the time. Good camera phone in the world of Android doesn’t exist yet. And if this lens/camera will provide good quality photos I rather buy this than new phone. If Sony Honami is real with it’s bigger 20MP sensor, G lens and top specs it will cost a lot and why wouldn’t one just buy this product for one-third of price of Honami?

  • Babylonbwoy

    Nothing new here, it will be Sony so better quality but it already exist
    edit : oh sh..t took first photo I found didn’t see it’s ISh..t!

  • ProWeirdo

    What if the magnet will clear memory content?

  • katuss

    your wrong here bro… the iphone one you have posted here(actually this is available for most of the phones) uses the phone camera lens… if you detach it there is no use for it…

    what sony brings here actually is like a separate camera that works with the phone… this thing has it’s own lens separately
    even if you detach it still you can take photos with is but it will be saved in the phone memory….

  • E7

    I agree with you but… Nothing! just get ready for dislikes from brainless fanboys

  • whyowhy

    Totally pointless product. If I have to carry an extra “lens”, why shouldn’t I simply carry a dedicated camera?
    The “mobility bonus” of a smartphone always at hand is… gone.

  • 522

    this is different. it’s only an extension lens. not a fully independent camera. i think the photo there shows a zoom lens. it does not offer much function.

  • EliasAlucard

    Honami will kill Lumia either way, not because the camera in Honami is better than the one in Lumia (Honami’s camera will be quite good on its own), but because Honami uses Android. No one wants Windows Phone.

  • Lucian

    No need for that many pixels with 1inch sensor behind F1.8 Carl Zeiss lens ;)

  • Netto Dashius Hexareus

    This is a telephoto lens.. not an external camera… ;)

  • Red Salmon

    I was waiting for a comment like this…

  • czed

    if it is quite intuitive and easy well im sold!

  • Ray

    “Sony fanboys are making fun of the chunky Galaxy S4 Zoom and its 10x zoom. And yet here we are with the imminent release of a far chunkier attachment for Sony phones that will look and function even more laughably” It’s not laughable because it’s removable. You don’t see it stick to the body all the time haha.

  • Clear memory? You do realize that smartphones never had electro-magnetic storage systems!? Flash memory doesn’t care whether you stick it to a magnet or not.

  • If price is OK and it produces good pictures… Why not!? I’d probably be one of the potential customers.
    And it’s definitely a smarter approach at combining Android/Smartphones with camers than those dedicated cameras with Android.

  • Angel Morales

    Just shut up!

  • dfag

    this thing is better than the cameraphones your idols are producing. the fact, alone, that it can be used with any smartphone makes it more desirable than your idol’s devices.

    u can make d fone u like take way better photos

  • dfag

    no pictures pls

  • ProWeirdo

    I’m not a pro in these stuff. I just heard that magnet clears content.

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  • Babylonbwoy

    I know it exist for all brands, just the photo show apple because I didn’t check, I was looking for something to show the principe of the tool, nothing more.

    Wonder how this kind of tool will cost, if I need big lens then I’ll buy a DSLR or something.

    If you detach it it still can take photos ? Blindly ? With no preview ?

  • EmptySpaces

    You controll the lens from the phone. The preview will be on the phone screen. it connected via NFC/wifi.

  • cedou97yon

    it looks like what you can do with a go pro camera and a smartphone?
    with better sensor and all

  • Railwayman

    I hope this accessory will work with the Xperia Z Ultra. It feels like a perfect companion but not in that case only – it is a great add-on for smartphones in general. When you want very high quality pictures, you just connect the external camera and you are good to go.

    This will be a dangerous competitor to stand alone compact cameras since it offers the quality of a good camera paired with the convenience and features (photo editing, sharing etc) of a smartphone. Beside that, it eliminates the need for “phomeras” like the Galaxy Camera and S 4 Zoom etc. Rather than making a camera with Android (and other smartphone platforms), you make regular smartphones that can be enhanced with a high quality camera accessory.

    Another aspect of this is that the camera as a reason for a device change is eliminated, thus extending the life of a flagship. It would even reopen the market for camera less smartphones – both for businesses where cameras are forbidden but also for consumers that don’t care about the internal camera and rather use the external module. It won’t be a big segment but I wouldn’t be surprised if some phablets will follow this route.

    Sony offers this technology in-house already – partly at least. The DSC-WX300 can be remote controlled from a Xperia with Sony PlayMemories – the device works as a shutter and viewfinder. The next step is simply to develop it further by removing the viewfinder from the camera and simply dock it to the smartphone, using it for everything.

    I was thinking about getting the DSC-WX300 but with this new camera add-on, I changed my plans and it stands between the Z Ultra or the Honami right now. Ultra with this new camera accessory or the Honami without it (don’t see the need to supplement a 20 MP Sony G-Lens camera in the latter).

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  • Ashley Otu

    Whats that suppose to mean? sony has made a amazing comeback this year compared to Nokia who has lost badly and with a Honami min coming in 2014 Nokia will just lose even more, so really have nothing to nice to say about Sony then shut it! :)

  • Babylonbwoy

    I think those who want to make good photos won’t use this and buy a camera or dslr. For a mobile 20Mpx with a good lens is enough for my use. I like innovation and especially sony’s but this is not appealing imho.

  • Babylonbwoy

    Fight for a brand ? Samsung CEO is so proud of you! Ask him for free stuff before it’s too late and he forgot about you.

    Edit : oh shit, just took a look at your comments in your profile, you speak garbage about everything, I shouldn’t feed the troll!

  • Babylonbwoy

    We have to wait to see if it’s a good product, it’s a project/rumor for now.

  • HardyHarHar

    A lens is by far alot smaller than a whole camera IMHO… so mobility bonus is not totally gone.

  • HardyHarHar

    Yeah like have their Sony hardware engineers fix the software bugs of your phone… Good luck with that! Also why not have your brain checked by a factory worker? I think it’s not working properly it lacks the ability to distinguish tasks between 2 different departments.

  • mezzotint

    It is still a Smartphone without thé lens…

  • Krisfromf

    And what about flash???? This thing would be useless in evenings/dim light???

  • Scott

    This is my dream.. Come quick!!!!!!!

  • Scott

    Two more things we can think of..
    1. The appearance might change. The images on this article say that it’s almost impossible to carry the phone with the module attached but.. If they can change the shape just like an external battery – say, a flat box -, I would consider to have it attached all the time. I wouldn’t mind even if it’s as thick as RX100 as it’s way better than carrying both of them (for me, at least). If the photo & mechanical quality are as good as RX100’s ones and they can be attached together all the time, I would buy it.
    2. The price. Despite of its quality, RX100 is really expensive. I expect the camera module in this article will be cheaper than RX100. If someone needs RX100 and an Android phone, that will be a good deal.

    However.. I know that Sony is too good to release the module cheaper than the RX100. I bet the price will kill the whole idea. lol

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  • saurabh sachdeva

    is there any telescopic lens compatible with xperia t2 ultra?

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