Vivitar Working on Interchangeable Lens Smartphone Add-On


Whatever you want to call the emerging category of camera/lens assemblies that snap onto a smartphone, there no doubt it’s growing. Case in point: Sony’s QX line and JK Imaging/Kodak’s SL series will soon by joined by a Vivitar model that made a very quiet debut last week at CES.

Vivitar hasn’t released any information about the IU680 unit on display at the show, so all we know is what we can see — which is that this will be the first smartphone accessory thingie that will let you switch out lenses.

The unit has a lens mount (no word on the type of mount, but Vivitar tends to favor the manufacturer-agnostic T mount), presumably with image sensor and related circuitry between it and the clamps that attach the device to your phone. There’s also a removable pop-up flash on top with its own battery.

“Svelte” or “elegant” are not the first words that come to mind to describe the design, but there’s an undeniable appeal to being able to use lenses you already own and not having to pay for a whole new lens/camera assembly (will somebody please come up with a name for these?) just to cover a different focal length.

Price, specs and delivery date are all TBA.

(via Softpedia)

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  • MikeT

    It’s horrid. Someone needs a designer.

  • MS

    Yea, that is looking real good.

  • Mike

    So…Bit by bit, we see some sort of convergent evolution. The mirrorless camera as a result of the DSLR and also as a result of smartphones.

  • superduckz

    Or you could, you know… just buy a dedicated camera that actually fits in your pocket instead of this awkward and horrid looking jumbled assembly of crap. I know folks like to say that the best camera is the one you have but this may actually be an exception to that motto.. shrug

  • Rabi Abonour

    How are there *multiple* companies making these stupid things. I just cannot understand the appeal.

  • Four Letter Nerd

    That will be a perfect upgrade to my Borg costume for Halloween this year.

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  • Alessio Michelini

    It looks build like a easter egg surprise, really, really cheap

  • crusaderky

    This is retarded.
    A slightly-thicker-than-normal smartphone with an APS-C sensor and a (normally vacant) Sony E mount? I would buy that.

  • Renato Murakami

    Wat? First Kodak, now Vivitar? Is the Sony QX line even selling? I don’t understand this… there must be something I’m not seeing in this concept.
    Or were these companies caught by the preview/teaser shots of the QX, started doing their own versions, and were unable to stop it before releasing?
    I kinda understood when Sony came out with this because Sony does that sometimes… releases concept products with crazy ideas that might not sell very well but kinda shows how they are striving to get something different in the market.
    But I really didn’t think other companies would also go after the idea…

  • Guest

    A product only an engineer could love.

  • csmif

    That is just GOOFY