As phone manufacturers continue to try and one-up their competition, it appears that the fight has been taken to the imaging side of things. We’ve already seen HTC’s UltraPixel Camera, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Zoom and the Nokia Lumia 1020, however, it appears that Sony has something in the works that could blow away everything we’ve seen so far.
The word is there is a Sony lens camera clip-on accessory in the works that will simply attach to the back of your smartphone, giving it a significant boost to its imaging capabilities.
Take note, this isn’t just your typical lens accessory that you can buy for less than a hundred pesos at your nearest CDR-King so you can achieve those fish-eye, kaleidoscope and wide angle lens effects. The Sony lens camera will be a full-fledged 20.2mp Exmore RS sensor coupled with a Carl Zeiss lens crammed into something that will resemble the body of a typical DSLR lens. That way, you won’t have to make do with your smartphone’s limited camera.
How will it work? The lens camera is rumored to be coming out with a built-in battery, WiFi and NFC and will clip on to the back of your smartphone via a magnetic clip. It’s isn’t clear how the accessory will connect to your phone, but it should be through one of the wireless protocols that the Xperia lens camera will come with. Once connected, your smartphone’s display will start doing double-duty as the viewfinder.
While this is just a rumor, the anonymous sources are said to be very credible, and if the possibility of seeing this in the future were to be measured on a scale of 1-5, this would rate as a 6. Also, there’s no news whether this will be specifically for Xperia devices or if it can be used with any Android smartphone. One thing is sure though. The Sony Xperia Lens Camera clip-on accessory won’t be cheap.