Samsung patents phones with interchangeable camera modules and lenses


Samsung’s latest patent is one of the most intriguing yet. The company is exploring smartphones with interchangeable camera modules. The idea doesn’t sound so new when you consider phones like Project Ara let you swap camera modules in and out, but those phones aren’t yet available and Samsung is going a huge step further with their implementation.

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Their modules would look to allow some very interesting changes, such as adding a zoom lens, or even a mount where you can swap lenses in and out like you would on a mirrorless or DSLR camera.

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There’s no guarantee Samsung would ever build a phone like this, but if they do then we wouldn’t be surprised to see a new generation of the Samsung Galaxy Camera launch with such a feature. It’d be a pretty neat camera for photo enthusiasts who want their shooter to double as a phone, especially if they can get quality sensors and lenses by buying them separately.

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But it’s just an idea for now, so the most we can do is beg Samsung to act on the patents, and continue daydreaming about the cool stuff this would bring to market. Would you buy one?

[via GalaxyClub]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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