The suggestion of a six-camera phone from Sony has surfaced online. At first glance, this is a rumour that seems unlikely 8211; the company took a long time to adopt even two cameras and hasn8217;t really been throwing its weight around in the multi-camera phone stakes.
I heard #Sony is working on a new #Xperia Smartphone featuring a total of six lenses on it8217;s rear as well as two cameras on the front.
Just after Nokia announced the Nokia 9, its phone with five cameras on the rear, Light 8211; the company who developed the multi-lens system 8211; spent some time talking about some of the companies that it was working with.
The Nokia 9 PureView was very much a launch pad for Light in moving forward the idea of multi-lens camera phones and it was confirmed that it had a solution that other manufacturers could use. Xiaomi was mentioned 8211; and so was Sony.
In this case it wasn8217;t Sony Mobile, it was Sony semiconductor 8211; the people who make the sensors. But there8217;s long been a feeling that Sony Mobile devices are a showcase for Sony8217;s camera components and a device that features this new system isn8217;t too far-fetched. Sony wouldn8217;t be developing the system from scratch 8211; Light learnt a lot through the Nokia development process that it can deploy in other devices.
Of course there are a lot of 8220;ifs8221; tied up there. Would Sony Mobile 8211; who hasn8217;t sold a huge number of handsets in recent years 8211; commit the time and money to a six-camera phone when recent track records suggest it might struggle to sell? Nokia8217;s device has also struggled 8211; rather than the new PureView being heralded as the best camera phone out there, it8217;s sort of dropped off the radar.