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    News - Sony wireless 'lens camera' smartphone lens add-on revealed

    The lens will clip onto your smartphone and boost its imaging capabilities.
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    Re: News - Sony wireless 'lens camera' smartphone lens add-on revealed

    Interesting idea....as long as the weight and the app are decent
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    Re: News - Sony wireless 'lens camera' smartphone lens add-on revealed

    This is a very, very strange idea in my book - and I'd be interested to see some more detail on this - especially how much Sony are going to ask for this add-on. I'd also be interested to hear how it performs in low/artificial light, a situation where the camera on my current Samsung S3 phone is noticeably worse than the Sony X10 that it replaced!

    Hopefully this "lens" is microUSB chargable (so no need for yet another charger) and the phone app has some way to batch download the photos to your phone, so you don't have to use the in-lens storage as anything more than temporary. Also hoping that the Android app is decent - shouldn't be difficult given Sony have a lot of Android phones out there.

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    Re: News - Sony wireless 'lens camera' smartphone lens add-on revealed

    Well to an extent it beats having a powerful camera on your phone but with a very low grade lens like on all smartphones really, surely you'd be better off just putting lenses on phone cameras if you wanted a better picture?
    we've already seen phones with a higher pixel-count, but every time the lenses let them down....

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    Re: News - Sony wireless 'lens camera' smartphone lens add-on revealed

    I'll stick to my pureview for now...
    Interesting idea, not sure who it's appealing to though, if you're going to carry that around with you wouldn't you also carry a stand alone camera?

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    Re: News - Sony wireless 'lens camera' smartphone lens add-on revealed

    Now you'll be able to see every microbe on your friend's Sunday Roast.

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    Re: News - Sony wireless 'lens camera' smartphone lens add-on revealed

    How does this evene work ?

    Does it sit on top of your existing camera ???

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    Re: News - Sony wireless 'lens camera' smartphone lens add-on revealed

    I like to idea, any idea on price and would this be for Sony mobiles only.

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    Re: News - Sony wireless 'lens camera' smartphone lens add-on revealed

    Quote Originally Posted by OilSheikh View Post
    How does this evene work ?

    Does it sit on top of your existing camera ???
    It's a camera without any external controls or storage basically. Instead, it uses wireless to connect to a phone, so you control the camera remotely and transfer the pictures to your phone. You could also clip it to your phone in order to have your phone act as a handgrip for it.

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    Re: News - Sony wireless 'lens camera' smartphone lens add-on revealed

    a very different idea but could be great while out with the family as long as the price mark is right.

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    Re: News - Sony wireless 'lens camera' smartphone lens add-on revealed

    Quote Originally Posted by David Wheeldon View Post
    I like to idea, any idea on price and would this be for Sony mobiles only.
    The article says:
    These devices are said to be compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.
    so it's pretty certain that it's not just an Xperia addon. Although I wouldn't like to bet that they don't do a "works best with Xperia" in the small print.
    Quote Originally Posted by sirtrouserpress View Post
    Well to an extent it beats having a powerful camera on your phone but with a very low grade lens like on all smartphones really, surely you'd be better off just putting lenses on phone cameras if you wanted a better picture?
    we've already seen phones with a higher pixel-count, but every time the lenses let them down....
    Agree totally - unfortunately the current mania for thin (and light) phones means that the only ones with decent optical stages are these phone/camera hybrids like the S4 Zoom, which I'd say is probably too ugly to use as your daily-use mobile. I still insist that what's needed is to take the optics of one of those "internal zoom" digicams and slap it in a thick phone. And hey, I'm sure that any unused extra thickness can be put to good use - for a big battery perhaps.

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    Re: News - Sony wireless 'lens camera' smartphone lens add-on revealed

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    It's a camera without any external controls or storage basically. Instead, it uses wireless to connect to a phone, so you control the camera remotely and transfer the pictures to your phone. You could also clip it to your phone in order to have your phone act as a hand grip for it.
    From what I can gather the lens camera has an image processor (a Sony Bionz processor as per their other cameras) but that just takes the reading from the sensor and turns it into usable image data. The rest is done by the phone app, like any panoramic effects, filtering, colour correction, etc.

    So I guess the app would be more flexible and ultimately more powerful than what can be done in camera. Another benefit is that in theory the lens can be remote, and not attached to the smartphone at all. Also it could be that these lenses would "last" longer than conventional point and shoots as the app can be updated very easily to add more features, something that isn't done with compacts.

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    Re: News - Sony wireless 'lens camera' smartphone lens add-on revealed

    Quote Originally Posted by Funkstar View Post
    From what I can gather the lens camera has an image processor (a Sony Bionz processor as per their other cameras) but that just takes the reading from the sensor and turns it into usable image data. The rest is done by the phone app, like any panoramic effects, filtering, colour correction, etc.
    Which is how some of us use our cameras already

    So I guess the app would be more flexible and ultimately more powerful than what can be done in camera. Another benefit is that in theory the lens can be remote, and not attached to the smartphone at all. Also it could be that these lenses would "last" longer than conventional point and shoots as the app can be updated very easily to add more features, something that isn't done with compacts.
    Or vice versa - you can switch lenses/backs based on the task at hand.

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    Re: News - Sony wireless 'lens camera' smartphone lens add-on revealed

    Interesting idea, I didn't know about the Samsung S4 Zoom either so thank you crossy for pointing it out.

    I think this idea is brilliant as it looks pretty pocketable and I can't imagine it being too heavy. I just hope it manages to attach to the phone well enough, I can imagine it falling off quite easily as some phones are ridiculously thin nowadays.

    Also, as it's wireless, that would mean one requires tethering for Wifi right? Signal isn't the best in some areas unfortunately - especially for some more scenic locations. But then again, it does support NFC too but I've no experience of NFC and don't know much about it so I can only hope that NFC works well enough. I wonder how much data is sent between the two devices, would bluetooth not be good enough for it? I'm pretty sure there are more devices with bluetooth than NFC.

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    Re: News - Sony wireless 'lens camera' smartphone lens add-on revealed

    The only issue I see is cost over a camera. It would be greate for sony to bring out a CyberShot veriant of the Xperia Z with the 20mp bundled, great competion over the Galaxy s4 Zoom.

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    Re: News - Sony wireless 'lens camera' smartphone lens add-on revealed

    Surely that means the image sensor in in the lens to which I would have to buy a new swnsor how different focal lengths.

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