updated 02:50 pm EST, Mon December 18, 2006
Brando Cellphone Telescope
Removing the key limitiation on most camera phones, Brando today shipped its telescope attachment for Nokia and Sony-Ericsson handsets. Both models strap on to the back of specific phone models from around the world and provide 6X optical zoom. This adds true long-distance photography to cellphones, Brando says, since most such devices are hampered in range by a virtual zoom effect. The large size relative to dedicated point-and-shoot cameras allows for a wide-angle lens and eliminates the distortion effects common with smaller optics. Brando exports either telescope model today for $19.