Future Samsung smartphones could have interchangeable lens mounts

Dec 11, 2015

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Future Samsung smartphones could have interchangeable lens mounts

Dec 11, 2015

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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SamsungPatent2Samsung might be looking to exit the mirrorless camera market, but a recent patent suggests they’re far from exiting the photography market as a whole.

Newly discovered patents show that Samsung is potentially working on both dedicated smartphone cameras, similar to Panasonic’s Lumix CM1, as well as smartphones that feature interchangeable lens mount attachments.

First discovered on the Korea Intellectual Property Rights Information Service (KIPRIS) website, the patents show off multiple variations of unspecified Samsung smartphones and modular attachments.

The most interesting patent features a curved-screen smartphone, similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge, that is compatible with a modular lens mount unit.

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As illustrated in the patents, the modular unit would attach to the back of the smartphone to create a fully-functional mounting system. In addition to data pins and the unspecified mount type, the attachment is said to also include a dual Xenon flash.

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Another patent shows off a smartphone design very similar to Panasonic’s Lumix CM1 Android smartphone – complete with a large integrated lens and physical knob, presumably for changing settings.

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Samsung recently said in a press release that although they are pulling certain mirrorless cameras from markets around the world, they ‘will continue to thoroughly evaluate market conditions and will make further adjustments to maintain our competitiveness in emerging camera categories.’

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Smartphone cameras aren’t exactly ‘emerging,’ but it certainly seems right up Samsung’s alley, especially considering Apple was granted an interchangeable lens patent last year.

[via Galaxy Club]


Image credits: Patent images courtesy Galaxy Club and KIPRIS

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Gannon Burgett

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Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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