But the rumors are flying that Sony is developing a "phone module" camera that clips on to your smartphone, communicates with it wirelessly, and uses the phone's viewing screen as a viewfinder. Brave new world.
The docker camera has its own lens, sensor, and processor. But no viewfinder and no "body."
You can use it clipped to your phone, or separately, handheld or attached to something else.
Better yet, one of the docker cameras said to be on the way (not the one shown above) uses a Zeiss lens and a 1" sensor like the one in the Sony RX100 II that we like so much. Which means the quality will likely be "enthusiast worthy" and a noticeable improvement on the ever-improving cameras already in the smartphones.
I dunno. I'm not the market. But I'm interested in industry developments as an observer, and as those go, seems like this idea is more thought-provoking—and has more market-changing potential—than the usual.
(Thanks to thomas janik)
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Renaud: "Since the thing doesn't seem to have a name yet, may I suggest 'Sony GXR'?"
Mike replies: Ooh, ouch!
Martin Doonan: "I think this is a nice line in innovation, along with what Samsung are doing with Android devices and Ricoh have been doing with modules. It seems that device makers have come to the realisation that you can't predict what users will do with the products and so testing the consumer waters in forms and formats is an important part of the innovation process. Even if it's a flop, I'm sure it'll flag some really useful concepts that push developments usefully forward."