Minimum $250 for a massive lens that I still have to carry around and then attach for a picture? No thanks. My Canon p&s is smaller then this and will still take better pictures faster then this setup. I'm just wondering at what point consumers settled for quality. We went from 110 film to 35mm, then digital came out and quickly improved. Everyone loved the massive improvements they thought they got with each extra megapixel. Then smartphones came out and everyone is happy with the quality? Don't get it...
I take it back, I watched the video and thats pretty freaking cool. You can set the camera up somewhere an control it remotely. You can take the family pic with you in it, and see if everyone is smiling when you take the pic. This feature actually has a ton of possibilities. Maybe wildlife pictures, but if you get up close with a camera you disturb their behavior, with this no problem. I wonder how the pic quality compares to a medium priced dslr.
My Fuji FinePix S4500 bridge camera was ~£110 with a 30x Optical zoom and all the features and quality that's above a phone but below a full DSLR (hence the term 'bridge'). Not sure how 3x the price for a bit of kit that is not as good is progress?
That is a bold statement. Thinking like that takes place every generation and the funny thing is, every generation proves that kind of thinking wrong. Never say never my friend, that only leaves room for someone to prove you wrong. Camera phones have come a very long way in quality and my Note II takes stunning pics and video. It may not be as great as a DSLR but it rivals P&S for what I use it for. With technology, anything is possible.
The major real advantage is you can write cool camera software which can add many effects to the photos while their taken. Also the internet connectivity of your phone. Take an awsome photo and upload directly to facebook.
They should just take this image sensor and put it into their Xperia line of smartphones with a fixed large apeture lens. Even if it adds a 1/2" of thickness, people who take photography seriously will line up for it as long as it still fits nicely in your pocket.