This Sony CyberShot ‘Snap’ is the work of designer Young Hwan Kim, and currently just a concept. Intended to resemble a man’s wallet it has a leather-clad cover. However, unlike current cameras, this cover pivots down from the corner to reveal the lens and flash. Apparently that would make one-handed operation more straightforward.
While a nice bit of rendering, there’s one obvious problem. If you want to put the camera down on a table to take some timed shots, they’re all going to make you look like you’re on the deck of a listing ship. That’s if you could get it to stand up at all.
So, a nice idea but in practice I can’t see Sony buying Young Hwan Kim’s design. That said, one-handed camera use remains a problem, and I’m trying to think of the best mechanical design for a lens-cover. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!