The Black Design Associates LLC, a firm based at El Segundo, California has recently come up with an astounding and innovative design that pairs with an iPhone4 a high end camera and thereby creates a resultant product which is nothing short of being extra-ordinary. The camera-phone or the Leica i9 concept as it is being propounded compounds a fixed-lens range-finder camera with an iPhone4 and is being primarily designed for photographers.
The Leica i9 concept basically offers an independent, rugged and ultra-compact point-and-shoot camera which has a CMOS image sensor with an effective 12.1 MP professional lens having 8x optical zoom, and whose back doubles up as a case for the iPhone4 which in itself has a multi-touch interface, retina display, extended storage capacity as well as mobile and wireless connectivity features. The compact optical zoom, shutter dials, aperture, light meter and flash of the i9; all come to life within 0.3 seconds of the iPhone being slipped into it. The images and videos thence clicked using the Leica i9 would be right away visible on the iPhone with a facility for either storing them; or compressing and sharing them on social networking sites using the available Leica apparatus.
Considering the fast growing list of features that Apple continues to add to its product range as well as the software upgradeability of Leica products, the Leica i9 is definitely going to be a device with limitless possibilities. Still in the designer phase but with hopes of integrating Leica’s timeless design with Apple’s future generation iPhones, the Leica i9 is definitely going to be a product to die for when it enters the production and marketing phase, especially for those inclined to going clickety-click.