Most of us use phones for the casual shot, and that works quite well. But if quality be desired, the iPhone cannot ever hope to match the finesse of a Leica, at least unless somehow both gadgets merge into one. And that’s where we head to the Leica i9 concept. Intended to function as an iPhone 4 accessory, the concept from Black Design Associates wraps up the phone like a case. Along with that, it brings the goodness of Leica in the form of a CMOS image sensor and lens, with effective 12.1 MP lens, 8× optical zoom, 35 equivalent focal lengths and ready-to-shoot operation. Shared battery capability for both devices makes the pot sweeter. The only hindrance of course is that it is a concept, a dream far from reality right now.
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