Camera manufacturer Leica makes a phone with a giant sensor

The work to accommodate maximum with pocket-sized features began long before the smart phones gained a foothold, but in the last decade, the performance of these devices has skyrocketed. In terms of computing power, resolution and screen size, the battle is often even between different phone manufacturers, but the camera solutions have become an area for variation and specializations – not infrequently with several lenses for different areas of use.

To further emphasize the camera solutions, several manufacturers are investing in collaborations with long-standing camera companies such as Hasselblad and Leica. Despite high-resolution sensors, optical zoom and image stabilization, a telephone camera can not always measure itself with a dedicated variant, as the small size of the telephone limits how large the camera sensor can be and thus how much light can be measured. Now Leica chooses to go from collaboration to a completely own phone, which has just the sensor size as a parade number.

The product name is Leitz Phone 1 and the specifications are in line with other flagship models on the market, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 system circuit, 12 GB of primary memory and 256 GB of storage space. The screen is a 6.6-inch OLED history of 2,730 × 1,260 pixels with variable image refresh rate in the wide range 1 to 240 Hz. The battery has a capacity of 5,000 milliampere hours.

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The phone has a single lens for the main camera, which is used for the 1 inch sensor of 20 megapixels. This is in the same size class as some modern digital camcorders and compact cameras, or about four times larger than the variant in the Iphone 12 Pro, which in turn is 40 percent larger than the previous generation. The lens is housed in a circular elevation and the phone comes with a lens cap with magnetic mount.

As expected, the phone manages to take pictures in both JPEG and RAW formats, but for those who hope to be able to put the system camera on the shelf through Leitz Phone 1, disappointment awaits. The model is initially exclusively available through Japanese Softbank and this at a price that corresponds to approximately SEK 15,000. It remains to be seen whether Leica will release the product for a wider market in the future, but also if telephone manufacturers choose to invest in larger sensors.

Source: Engadget (Japanese)

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