Could this wild Xiaomi concept be the future of camera phones?

Xiaomi smartphone with Leica lens concept
(Image credit: Agatha Tang on Twitter)

Any photographer will tell you that the lens is more important than the camera when it comes to image quality. But while camera phones have replaced cameras for many people, we still usually have to rely on an array of in-built lenses.

Those lenses have evolved massively, with many high-end smartphones now packing at least three. There's also now a wide range of generic third-party clip-on lenses that can help achieve things such as macro-like shots. But Xiaomi has just shared a concept that would allow its smartphones to use high-end interchangeable lenses (if you're looking for the best options for photography today, see our picks of the best camera phones and the best cameras). 

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.