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Alice Camera could turn your phone into one of the best mirrorless cameras


In an ideal world, smartphones would have the sensors and interchangeable lenses of the best mirrorless cameras, while cameras would pack the connectivity and computational smarts of the best camera phones. Sound like a nice combo for one device? Well, that’s the promise of a new accessory called the Alice Camera.

Alice Camera, which is made by the British startup Photogram AI, isn’t actually a brand new concept – it was first teased back in September 2020. But today is the first time you’ve been able to pre-order this “AI camera for content creators” on Indiegogo. And at the time of writing, it’s already reached 92% of its funding goal.

So what do you get for the ‘super early bird’ price of £550 (around $760 / AU$980)? The Alice Camera, which mounts to the back of “most smartphones” and can also work on its own unattached, is basically a Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera that can use your phone as its screen and viewfinder. 

(Image credit: Alice Camera)

The benefit of using that mount along with an 11MP Four Thirds sensor (apparently the same as the one in the Panasonic Lumix GH5S) is that you get instant compatibility with the dozens of lenses that have already been made for dedicated cameras like that Lumix and the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV. That gives you quite a lot more choice than the two or three cameras you’ll find on most phones.



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