Wed. Dec 7th, 2022
Xiaomi 12S Ultra Concept: putting real camera lenses, at the risk of being ridiculous

Xiaomi presents a very special concept in China with Leica: a smartphone capable of receiving classic camera lenses. The design takes a hit.

The limits of photo quality on smartphones are physical. We cannot pack into our very compact pocket cameras the same components as much bulkier professional cameras. We are thinking in particular of sensors, but also of lenses whose optics are simply incomprehensible at the moment, even if many R&D departments are working on this topic.

Without really solving the problem, Xiaomi has a radical concept to present in China. The Xiaomi 12S Ultra Concept can receive Leica lenses like a classic camera.

Design takes a hit

One could almost believe in an April Fool’s joke since the concept is so incongruous. Xiaomi’s smartphone offers the attachments on the back of the device to connect a Leica lens. The Chinese manufacturer has been working with the photography specialist Leica for several months and wants to highlight it as much as possible.

It must be understood that it is not just about adding lenses on top of a complete photographic module as the Moment brand can offer. Here, Xiaomi has provided a lensless photosensor centered on its photo block and dedicated to receiving Leica lenses. In addition, the brand has also provided full integrated cameras for the times when you don’t connect any lens to your smartphone.

If the idea may sound interesting on paper, a professional camera isn’t just about its interchangeable lenses. The grip and case options also count.

Here, when we see the Xiaomi 12S Ultra Concept with a large lens attached, we can question the ergonomics of the whole. Weight distribution must also be a real issue for the photographer.

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