Sony’s line of smartphone pairing, camera-in-a-lens gadgets are designed for taking high quality images using a smartphone. Polaroid has a cute little mini cam that attaches to the back of your device. It’s very hip.
Olympus just couldn’t sit back and watch other camera manufacturers get all of the attention. According to Engadget, the company has revealed much more information on its upcoming Olympus Air camera-in-a-lens kit.
The Olympus Air will be compatible with Android and iOS. Users will be able to pair their smartphone wirelessly to use the screen as a viewfinder. The 16-megapixel camera features a Live MOS sensor and can take as many as 320 shots on a single charge.
Olympus plans to make the Air an open platform camera, allowing third-party developers to create dedication applications for use with it.
The company boasts that images are SLR-quality and will be compatible with any Micro Four Thirds lens.
Engadget has a series of pictures showing off the new lens, which will only be available in Japan when it launches next month.
You can see from the pictures that the lens mounts to the backside of a smartphone at a slight angle so you can set the gadget on a tabletop or mount it to a tripod and be able to look down at the viewfinder to see the shot.
There is no information as to pricing. However, it will most likely be comparable to Sony’s QX lenses, which run between $350 and $400.
The idea of attaching a huge camera lens to the back of a smartphone does not appeal to me. However, I love the idea of having a SLR quality camera that comes with third-party apps. So it is, sort of, just a mini DSLR, if you think about it.
Hopefully, Olympus will decide to produce the Air for the U.S. market some time in the future.