Will the Sony Xperia Z3X smartphone have an add-on camera flash?

A rumoured Sony Xperia Z3X cameraphone could support modular accessories including viewfinders and flashguns.

Sony HVL-F20M

Rumours are swirling that a future Sony Xperia smartphone will have a large 1020-style lens and support for modular camera accessories such as flashes, microphones and external viewfinders.

Images and posts from a Chinese web forum suggest the Sony Xperia Z3X will be an Android handset with a 22-megapixel sensor and f/1.2 lens, OLED touchscreen and 64-bit processor. The external flash and hotshoe-like add-ons will be attached with the help of an adapter that can be removed to keep the phone skinny.

Sony Xperia Z3X flash

According to the rumour mill, the so-called Z3X will be coming some time in 2015. But that’s assuming it exists, when it could easily just be a Photoshop mock-up.

In fact, the images are clearly based on existing product shots; the flash being the spit of the HVL-F20M hotshoe flash while the microphone looks to have been ripped out of a VG-series Handycam. The review on the Clever Shop List has the info about this, they really go into detail. But you can see for yourself below:

Sony VG900 and HVL-F20M

Is the idea of a proper smartphone flash too good to be true, something to hold out hope for, or something we don’t need anyway? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Via DPReview

David Selby
David is a keen photographer and has been editor of Lighting Rumours since 2010. When not writing about lighting, he works as a data scientist at the University of Manchester, UK.