This is a seriously amazing concept. Black Design Associates have announced the Leica i9 Concept Camera for Apple iPhone 4. Rather than do what we have already seen, by adding a little lens attachment to your device, the Leica i9 Concept Camera pretty has pretty much created a version of a Leica camera with a space to put your phone in it.

On their site they say:

The Leica i9 Concept is a dream project that addresses a desire to combine two great products, while considering both the consumer’s and company’s needs.

This camera comes with its own lens and CMOS sensor for taking photographs, it also has internal storage that you can expand with an SD card to store the photos. Apparently you don’t actually need your iPhone to get this to work, but when your iPhone 4 is attached to it, the photos you take can be transferred to the phone and shared online (using your phone’s connection and apps of course). So currently the camera is mostly about sharing pictures, but it sounds like more features are in the pipeline.

The i9 has an estimated cost of around $900—$1200, and it has a 12.1 megapixel lens with 8x optical zoom and 35mm equivalent focal length. It does use an independent battery, and this battery can be shared with the iPhone 4 if you need to (or you can use your iPhone battery for the camera too).

Below are some of the concept drawings for the camera.

 

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