Sony SPA-TA1 (on Xperia Tablet Z 001)

You’re already familiar with iPhone photography, aren’t you? And I take it those among you who attend trade shows have by now caught wind of the rise of iPad photography, no? As if using an iPad to snap photos in public wasn’t embarrassing enough, Sony has now produced a dedicated camera attachment aimed at tablet owners which allows its portable QX-10 or QX-100 lens to be snapped on.

The SPA-TA1 attachment is designed for tablets between 85mm and 190mm in width so it’ll work with your iPad Air (169.5mm) just fine. Available in various sizes from April 4 in Japan and coming elsewhere soon after, it’s bound to give iPad photography a whole new meaning, for better or worse…

Sony says (via BGR) that the SPA-TA1 will be available in six arm sizes.

Sony SPA-TA1 (arm sizes)

I’m still unsure how I feel about snapping pictures with my iPad.

There are some very rare circumstances when I would take photographs in public using an iPad (and risk ridicule), like if my iPhone was not at hand.

The only thing topping iPad photography must be the Google Glass photograper.

Google Glass photographer

Oh, wait…

I guess iPad photography is officially a thing now that Apple is no longer shying away from using the iPad as a camera in advertising. Here, a scene from the latest ‘Your Verse Anthem’ ad for the iPad Air.

iPad Air ad (Verse, 005)

As for the SPA-TA1, is this the most awful thing Sony has ever created?

Pictured top of post: the lens attachment on Sony’s Xperia Tablet Z.

  • Ben

    Oh wow. This brought ‘crazy’ to a new level.

  • M 

    Sony. Making iPad users look stupid.

    • Logan

      and gammers, “cough PS4 cough.”

      • Mohammad Ridwan


        Also PC Master Race

  • jocastro

    wtf? so ugly and a stupid idea

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    Hmmm, slightly reminiscent of the Hubbel space telescope. Ftw.

  • Logan

    Ever realize how tablets… suck. There basically a mix between a Netbook (which can be purchased for about the same price and can do a lot more), and a smartphone (which is pretty much the same thing but you can take it with you.

  • Jonathan

    Next thing? TV photography…

    • Logan

      And after that, curved TV photogrephy.

      • Jonathan

        Then Cartography. 😀
        car-photography. 😉

      • Logan

        and all three of those things are more useful then the iPad will ever be.

      • Jonathan

        Car, yes. TV? No. Get a subscription, watch TV on your iPad

  • n0ahcruz3

    No.. Just no.

  • Jordan Biagomala

    Actually they’re quite a few iPad apps that can turn the stock camera into something pretty decent. Now I’m not encouraging the use of an iPad as a camera, but the best camera is the one you have with you. It’s not the tool it’s the artist.

  • Ted Forbes

    I think the lends photography would make more sense if Sony makes a video camera with standard features that records to the iPhone.

    By plugging in a 32GB iPhone (or higher) to as hard disc (instead of a DV cassette or flash card) the camera would record to the device space. this would make more sense than making these lens attachments strapped to the device.

  • Deni

    I guess, you could put this device, the gadget lens, over one eye and say all together: I will join the zombie collective. Resistance is futile!

  • Deni

    I do understand however, that iPhone or even ipad photography, can be a great thing for capturing a moment. What infuriates me in this is that they, Sony, or whoever will develop this stupid idea,, is that they are banking on the fact that some people will follow like sheep’s, and will believe they’re doing real quality photography. That is simply not true. A simple compact DSLR with one good wide range zoom will give you real quality photos. Specially nowadays, little compact DSLRs are very affordable. What price do you put on your dignity? You won’t need to change your stupid little iPad lens either. A quick turn of the zoom ring and presto. Not only you will look like a pro but also, you won’t look like stupid trying to change his little iPad lens in between shots. Don’t be a Borg…don’t join the stupid collective.

  • Stan Kossen

    Why do some of you seem to get so upset If someone wants to take a picture with an iPad? Perhaps you need some attitude correction because you are really wasting valuable human energy on something that is none of your damned business.