Neat Look at the WVIL Concept Camera

We covered the WVIL (wireless viewfinder interchangeable lens) concept camera at the beginning of the year when the design team behind it released a fake video of it being showed off at CES 2011. The above video is another neat glimpse at the supposedly patent-pending design, which puts all the camera functions in the lens itself, leaving the camera body to function as a wireless display and control panel. What do you think of the idea?

WVIL (via PhotoWeeklyOnline)

  • Seven Bates

    very unlikely

  • k2vu

    Where did the flash come from!?

  • rocketjohn

    I would pay good money just to have that interface on my standard DSLR, but i’m not convinced on the practicality of the sensor-per-lens concept.

  • bri

    it is a cool concept.. but probably not yet possibly.. not even close

  • Domi

    Better tell Ricoh.

  • Jan

    it wouldn’t be very affordable and therefor the market is not ready yet, but with a little tweaking I don’t see why it wouldn’t be possible.

  • Dunahoo

    creeper camera award

  • Spener

    Lens tripod?

  • Persio Pucci

    That seems super practical to hold the lens in one hand and the LCD in the other, trying to touch it with your nose for pinching… #not

  • Nate

    I like the idea for a number of purposes, but it doesn’t seem to bd universal. Tripod mount is an obvious improvement, but who always wants to use a tripod?
    I can see something along those lines pushing into the consumer market pretty quickly though. (I don’t see anything that would make it cost prohibitive, either. Are there features I’m not spotting? Bluetooth body to lens. Wifi body to network. 1/2 size iPad for the body. Maybe even no dedicated body; just software and a lens and an iPad?)

  • Tony Bowman

    No one says you can’t use the thing with the lens still attached to the control unit. Come on, people, just because it offers a radically different feature that differentiates it for SOME situations does not mean that it can only be used in those situations.

    I’d buy this in a heartbeat should it hit the market.

  • LightingBryan

    I found it interesting that the date on the camera’s calendar (at the end) shows April 26th. Why would that date be there? Is it a hint of something to come?

  • freeboprich

    Somebody should tell them, but I think they’ve probably noticed that it really hasn’t caught on…

  • Richard

    Right up there with the FLIP video cam :)

  • TC

    Idea 1: direct control the camera wirelessly via iPad / iPhone / Android tablets.
    Idea 2: Ricoh camera with wireless controls.

  • Mol

    what will be approx cost?

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