Is the Smartphone World Ready For Attachable Camera Lenses?

Omar Zahran
6 min readDec 11, 2022

As smartphone camera sensors and housing continue to balloon in size, perhaps it is time to revisit an old idea for the sake of photography and ergonomics

Have you ever been at a restaurant with your phone sitting face up at a table? If your answer to that question is yes, then in recent years you have encountered the dreaded phone wobble when checking your phone notifications. Phone camera technology has come a long way in the last half-decade but this has come at a cost: massive camera sensors and housings. And this trend isn’t changing any time soon. The newest iPhone has adopted a larger sensor and Chinese OEMs have been experimenting with massive 1-inch sensors this year.

And while the improved image and video quality is a welcome addition, it has come at a massive ergonomic cost. Because of how much these sensors protrude from the body of the phone they have created a weight imbalance, and phones have become top-heavy. These lenses have also become more prone to crack since they are much more exposed. Some OEMs have tried to solve this with design. Google adopted a horizontal camera bar on the Pixel 6 and 7 for example. But perhaps the true solution lies in an idea that has been dead for a few years: the modular phone.

Revisiting the Past

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Omar Zahran

Freelance sports writer fascinated by the stories that our favorite teams and athletes present to us