Xiaomi nailed it. They launched a new concept phone called Xiaomi 12S Ultra Concept Phone. This smartphone is equipped with a 1 inch sensor and, most importantly, a Leica lens mount, which means you can connect the Leica lens directly to the smartphone. Well, you know the potential of that. Is this the future of mobile cinematography?
Xiaomi 12S Ultra Concept is a new smartphone presented by Xiaomi as a specialized version of the 12S Ultra. The specifications are very impressive. Lots of megapixels (about 51), a large sensor (1 inch), and most importantly, a Leica lens mount. Explore the pictures below
Xiaomi announced this concept phone on Weibo, with the help of the head of the product’s PR teams showing it on various social media channels. As shown, this is a more advanced and professional custom device, which has an updated circular rear camera ring that supports the connection of Leica M-series lenses (Leica worked with Xiaomi to design and produce this concept device). Also, there is a layer of sapphire glass protecting the camera unit. This has been added to protect the lenses on the plate from scratches and marks that can come from screw movement when installing compatible Leica M-series lenses. The sensor may be Sony IMX989 1-inch, but this has not been confirmed by Xiaomi.
As shown in the Xiaomi presentation, in order to install an interchangeable lens on the Xiaomi 12S Ultra Concept, you must first unscrew the protective ring around the rear camera island, then via an adapter, you will be able to mount any Leica M lens. As captured by Agatha Tang – Head of Product PR at Xiaomi International, Pictured above, the complete kit with the Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH lens looks rather impressive from the side. And what about the results? Check out sample screenshots below (released by Xiaomi):
according to EngadgetXiaomi declined to say if the 12S Ultra Concept Phone will be mass-produced. This project was developed along with the actual 12S Ultra, and in the end, only 10 units of the first were made. A few of these samples were sent to influencers for testing and feedback.
Xiaomi is not the first smartphone manufacturer to consider the benefits of using a professional viewfinder on a smartphone, it could be the first to make an original physical mount attached to the body. In 2014, Sony produced a pair of smartphone attachments called the QX1 and QX30 that accepted E-mount lenses. The lenses were not physically mounted directly to a connected smartphone, and images were instead sent wirelessly after they were taken. However, the sensors were smaller, with lower processing capabilities, which limited image quality and, therefore, did not use full-size optics correctly.
Now, imagine this: an iPhone 16 with a Leica lens mount, equipped with a 1-inch sensor, can accept Leica Summilux built-in lenses. Or, a Samsung smartphone, with a Canon mount, that can be paired with a high-quality full-size glass. Although the lens should be small to reduce physical stress on the mount, the results can be defined as professional. Devices like this can replace professional MFT cameras. There is no need for a multi-camera phone. Only one good sensor (preferably 1 inch and up), a lens mount, and you’re good to go. The sky is the limit for creativity for photographers and cinematographers too. what do you think?
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