It Happened: An iPhone SLR Lens Mount

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Sick of your iPhone's puny lens? Then it's time for a (somewhat unwieldy) upgrade.

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This "iPhone DSLR prototype" is a 1.1lb, solid piece of anodized billet aluminum (that looks to be a modified Owle). It will fit an iPhone 3G, 3GS or 4 along with a complementing, full-size Canon EF lens. And since Canon converter mounts are widely available for most lens brands, I'm guessing this rig could fit pretty much any lens you tossed at it with some tweaking.

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Is this a real DSLR? Of course not. As many angry camera snobs have pointed out, there's no internal mirror system to control light hitting the iPhone's camera sensor. But could it milk the 5MP iPhone sensor for everything it's worth given access to some premium glass? Theoretically, yes.

Illustration for article titled It Happened: An iPhone SLR Lens Mount


The creator hasn't shared any sample photos yet. But it's a fun project. We'll keep an eye out. [iPhone DSLR via SlashGear]

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DISCUSSION

The whole point of a camera built into a phone is reducing the amount of items you need to carry, which in turn reduces the overall weight of what you are carrying. It is a convenience thing, so expectations of cameras on phones have been relatively lax. Maybe newer camera phones are 5mp-12mp, but still, they are typically grainy as hell, the white balance usually sucks, ISO performance is laughable, and color reproduction is horrible. So why put a DSLR lens on it? This is like putting a giant spoiler on the trunk of a civic. Sure, it can look pro to a novice, but in all reality, a stock civic won’t be able to achieve the base performance levels that would necessitate and then gain from a spoiler.

This pretty much defeats the purpose of a camera phone. It doubles (or much more depending on how ridiculous of a lens you are attaching) the mass, making it no longer pocketable. At this point, just carry as small DSLR or micro four thirds with you at all times.