First pictures of Sony’s external ‘lens camera’ outed; paired with Honami

by XB on 12th August 2013

in Accessories, Imaging, Rumours, Xperia Z and Xperia ZL, Xperia Z1

QX10_with_XperiaZDo you remember we recently reported on Sony preparing an external camera lens for smartphones? Well it looks like it is really heading for production judging by these press pictures from SonyAlphaRumors. According to the report, these are two new ‘lens-cameras’ – the Sony DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100.

As well as a camera lens, they also incorporate a built-in imaging sensor, Bionz processor, Wi-Fi/NFC, SD card slot and battery. The lens has no controls on the device itself. It basically takes the best part of a camera and allows you to control it via your smartphone through NFC. The lenses attach magnetically onto your smartphone and apparently work on Android and iOS.

Two ‘lens-cameras’ will be arriving, one with the Sony RX100MII camera sensor and Zeiss lens, the second features a 10x zoom lens with 1/2.3 inch 18MP CMOS sensor. It sounds likes a fascinating idea and it will be interesting to see how something like this will take off, especially considering these lenses will not be cheap.

Also, you will notice that in the first two pictures the lens is paired with the Xperia Z, however the last picture shows the dude using the lens with the upcoming Sony Honami. You can see the G Lens branding next to the camera lens and it’s interesting to note the silver aluminium frame on a black handset. We can’t wait for IFA.





  • @atWidget

    Honami in the last picture ;)

  • Sajid

    Is this Honami? :O

    Looks beautiful….!! Waiting for it…

  • lovebmw

    First picture is Z, third is could be honami!

  • Feanor

    If these pictures are legit, this means that the aluminium frame of the Honami will be silver even for the black model! I’m buying! :-)
    Btw, good accessory. You have a thin, decent cameraphone and if you want even more you just add the lens for these special occasions. Not like carrying a bulky cameraphone like the Nokia Lumia 1020… And the image quality can be even better in this case than the Lumia. No disadvantages.

  • lunkz

    Looks like a toy

  • lovebmw

    ok that does not make sense!!! why is the binocular in the middle of the phone? and the guy is looking at the screen? is the a Bluetooth binocular? or is there another location for the lens located in the middle of the phone?

  • Felix

    Yo dawg I heard you like camera’s…

  • Feanor

    I’d say it looks quite professional, what toy?

  • Felix

    Given that these pics all leak via Sonyalpharumours, let’s hope the camera division had a lot to do with Honami.

  • xperiakita

    The lense will be connect thru NFC, I think. Awesome lense (or camera, hehe)

  • H. Daniel Cruz

    I like the idea, I just hope I can use this lens with my Xperia Zl, but a disadvantage would be having to carry those lens maybe in a backpack, on the plus side, there must be more quality in the photos than in the Lumia. ;)

  • Purnama

    i think that external lens overwrite the internal lens using nfc connectifity…

  • metcarded

    Can this be used as a spy…uhh… I mean remote camera? As in can i put the lens a few meters away from the phone and still control it?

  • H. Daniel Cruz

    An expensive toy maybe (hope not) but it will let you take professional or semi-professional photos. :)

  • Sajid
  • xperiakita

    I love Honami’s design. Cool and amazing cameraphone.

  • Daniel

    Amazing! Hope the price will be right

  • Feanor

    But when you are on holiday, you will usually carry some bag with you. If you want to just not miss an random everyday occasion, you’ll still have a decent camera (in case of the Honami) without the accessory.

  • Amimanot

    Hey, if this lens thing really comes out, will it be compatible with phones without nfc? (Say for example the xperia arc s)

  • H. Daniel Cruz

    yes in the first image you can see the NFC symbol on the lens

  • Purnama

    Lens-camera: What you see on these images are the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 lenses. Actually these are not normal lenses! They have built-in sensor, Bionz processor, Wifi/NFC wireless connection and SD card slot. These lenses have no LCD screen and no usual camera controls. You will be able to control them through your smart phone or tablet (via WiFi or NFC). The lenses can be magnetically attached on your smartphone and it works on both, Android and iOS devices. That is nothing like we have seen before. For the first time you can shoot top quality images with your smartphone. Forget iPhone or Android lens kits!

  • 3rdflyleaf

    Wait a second! The external camera lens is not connected to the phone’s camera? how da?

  • m sacha

    Lol excellent point!

  • Sajid


  • Sajid

    Whats the phone on the right at the second picture? Is it z?

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  • H. Daniel Cruz

    I like the idea, I just hope I can use this lens with my Xperia Zl, and hope the price not to be so damn high. :S … Also we need to see some more specifications like battery, how many MPixels, lens aperture, Bionz processor/software (or maybe uses the software of the phone, maybe?) etc

  • xperiakita

    The price will kill us. About $400-600?

  • lovebmw

    Good job finding that…. So that can be added to any xperia


    Yeah the price is everything.

  • 3rdflyleaf

    That’s what I thought, but still… Oh well, It’s Sony.

  • nidou bossy

    how can he use the lens G, and isn’t right behind the phone’s camera lens?

    i also see wifi logo in the G lens!!! wow!

  • Bill Lockhart

    Can someone please tell me where to pre-order this awesome device?
    Because I’ve never been this excited since Sony Ericsson announced they were gonna roll out Android Gingerbread for my X10. :P

  • Daniel

    400$ for the bigger sensor will be maximum for me

  • Lucian

    Well, this is something I would buy. I really don’t need new phone so it’s perfect for me :-D

  • Asa

    The Xperia Arc S doesn’t have NFC, so the phone will probably not support the lens.
    (Correct me if I’m wrong!)

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    In the second pic, the first pic is of Z and another one is HONAMI….(One can see the Magnetic Charging pins lyk ZU and a little thick profile I guess)

  • B( . )( . )BS

    Yeah and it looks bad to me, I mean, too thick, too long and these bezels… too big. SO SAD! just really sad. -_-“

  • Purnama

    what bezel?

  • Pkcn

    It could be a plus for XperiaZUltra, as the sensor is only 8M

  • Daniel

    It’s the sensor size whats matter, not Mpx

  • Feanor

    what thickness?

  • simad3

    How come nobody thought of this before. Only carry the bulk when you need it. Great idea Sony!

  • Sajid

    R u mad? u cant see thickness and bezel in this pic… :/

  • Sajid

    Its in a cover I guess…!!

  • Luxsaan06

    That’s the volume rocker

  • Luxsaan06

    Sony Xperia Z

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  • Babylonbwoy

    Now that’s what I call teasing !
    More interesting and realest than previously posted.

  • Babylonbwoy

    That’s what I thought when reading his comment!

  • Faisal Armand

    Oh good lord, how innovative.. Kudos to sony.

    Now i’m confused.. Confused on should I replace my Xperia Z to honami or should I buy this lens instead.

    Now with this lens, Xperia Z is sure to outperform the imaging quality of Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 Zoom, LG G2, and probably even lumia 1020 itself.

  • Babylonbwoy

    I like the black glass with the frame being kind of aluminium color…

  • Babylonbwoy

    I think we shouldn’t compare to Lumia and his 41Mpx (when you know that a professional DSLR is about 20mpx you understand that it’s total bullshit) but with a mid range real compact camera (don’t know how you call that in english, in french it is Compact>Bridge>D-SLR).

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  • Babylonbwoy

    If it is NFC there’s no reason why it won’t work with other devices, especially if it is IOS compatible like said in the post.

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  • Babylonbwoy

    400€ you can get a entry level dslr!
    I think 200€ maximum for external lens, otherwise it’s a no go!

  • Babylonbwoy

    Yes, send me via paypal at and I’ll take care of you! ;)
    Just give me half of the 700€, you’ll pay the other half later when I send you the device in november !

  • surethom

    The camera built in lens is WAY to close to the edge, it needs to be at lease 2cm from the edge, bad design by sony.

    I hope the built in sensor is bigger that the usual Xperia sensor or NO THANKS.

  • Daniel

    Sony rx100II costs 600$ and it has the same senzor as one of the rumored lens.

  • surethom

    All I need to no it the details of the built in lens, it NEEDS to be much bigger than the normal Xperia ones, or no improvement. Nice idea for some but I & most do not want a bolt on lense

  • Sami Mrabet

    the first pic is Z

  • Bill Lockhart

    The article does mention wifi/NFC. So I guess it can be connected via wifi in the absence of NFC.

  • Daniel

    It will be far least for the one of the rumored lens. It will have the sensor from RX100II

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  • Bill Lockhart

    Mate, I said I’m excited, not stupid. lol :D
    Anyways, if the device will be released on November, I’d have saved enough money by then.
    But I’d definitely buy it from the Sony store or

  • Asa

    Halfway through the second paragraph in the article:

    “The lens has no controls on the device itself. It basically takes the best part of a camera and allows you to control it via your smartphone through NFC.”

  • Babylonbwoy

    Sony already did it a while back when camera phone didn’t exist, I even posted a photo in another blog post. It was a camera extention that you plug same as charger pin.

  • Babylonbwoy

    Professional DSLR were 8mpx for years…

  • Babylonbwoy

    you are talking about the complete camera ? I thought only the lens!
    RX100 II is a high end compact expert device (at least it’s called like that here), it cost about 700€/750€ here in france and it’s one of the most expensive of 2013!
    edit : Even if the sensor is from the same category that doesn’t mean price will be similar (external lens has no display, no controls, no battery, etc).

  • Babylonbwoy

    Ah ah! Hope it will in november, last year it was the same time frame for the XT.

  • Daniel

    This will be complete camera too. OK it will not have display and buttons, but otherwise it will have everythink what rx100ii

  • Dark Moyan

    Don’t want this.
    instead I would buy a DSRL camera.
    we need better camera in Xperia, not some lense which will make my xperia S Weird -_-

  • regh

    Are you retarded? You cant even see the bezel in the pic!! xD

  • azzido

    I hope aluminium frame will be black as all the phone, do not like silver :/

  • reDalerT

    oh i see, you mean the huge bezel on the very last picture, above “other posts you might like” ? that’s an advertisement actually

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  • miki69

    As much as it sounds interesting and something new, I don’t see some practical use.

    Main issue is it doesn’t have built-in xenon flash thus relying on phone’s one (usually crappy LED), so your indoor shots will look poor again. In good light conditions most phones make good pictures anyhow, so this is JUST for outdoor low-light photography, and for that only it’s way overpriced.

    As for Honami, I guess we’re certain now it doesn’t have Xenon. What about OIS?


  • B( . )( . )BS

    Yassss man Thank u for understanding me. ^_^

  • Carlo

    No thanks too! We don’t need your opinion about going for the Honami or not! As I’ve said in the other article, if you’re too good and thinks Sony Designers are dumb, then make your own phone and stop bothering here! Sony designers are not stupid. They know what they’re doing…

  • Why?

    It’s just stupid, why would it need an external camera, when it already has a 20.7 megapixel cam?

  • tositem

    They forgot to put a Xenon flash to the lense kit.

  • Quark Gluon

    It’s also compatible with many other phones.

  • Quark Gluon

    I know it has Ericsson’s DNA in it, remember T28’s external camera?

  • Ninjas

    more duck face if sony release release this

  • Silverwagon

    Good God….. This is awesome!

  • Ray

    Go hug your mama and ask her what bezels mean.

  • ddff

    Sajid stop eating parata! It makes you think stupid!

  • ddff

    Im.sorry i mean bbs!

  • Nex-6

    This product dosn’t interest me. If i were to bring an additional bulk out just for photography, I might as well just bring out my NEX-6

  • Tech Gospel

    Ok… this needs to be released SOON! I’m delaying my Lumix upgrade for this. Ok… SmartWatch2, Xperia Tablet Z cradle, and Sony External Lens… wishlist check!

  • arara

    Likely no. Considering there’s no imbuild battery..

  • Anonymous

    What is this? White metal frame on a black xparia Z??? Sony, if you’re going to copy Apple, do it the way Apple does it: metal frame of the same color as the body of the phone (black iPhone 5).

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  • Lalu Sv

    its a seperate camera .. the phone screen is used as view finder… thats all…
    it connected via nfc

  • xperiakita

    400$, I think, still expensive for external lens. But, its worth to wait and to get one.

  • Bill Lockhart

    Hmm.. That’s sad then.

  • Utsav Shah

    I would buy one if it supports my Xperia™ Ion!

  • Yasir Fawad

    price and compactness aside, these lenses will be added with endless software add-ons which is the main point. S4 zoom has also android but with a weak sensor compared to these external lens. Developers will welcome this as its both for iOS and android.

  • phillip

    i think this idea is revolutionary, I cant say this way is going to be popular but at least sony is trying to find out the future way of selling handset in fufilling diferent need. Sony Vaio Z is seperating external graphic card from the main body, so that both portability and power can both be ensured.

  • Herman

    Isn’t the Honami supposed to have a great camera already?
    So isn’t this kind of useless to have on an already amazing cameraphone?

    The add-on doesn’t even include a xenon flash. The Honami’s camera will be good enough for most, if not all people already.

  • josesl16

    The video shows it can. CMIIW.

  • jumbo3220

    mega pixels is not the’s lens size is wat matters,

  • owl

    This is really, really cool if you compare it to its competitor — Galaxy Camera,

  • 3rdflyleaf

    Uhmm.. It’s not just for Honami.

  • Naj

    i see separate xenon flash
    not on the photos, but can be attached

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  • Atty Halmágyi

    But you can see the picture on gsmarena. We know how it looks.

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  • 86123maxxi

    I have a feeling that these cameras are going to make use of the Xperia Z and Honami’s proprietary dock pins. As pictured, you can see that where the camera clips on is directly above the area where the Xz has its dock pins.

  • loledlol

    wow, now that’s what i would call a great innovation, great job sony!

  • Ajay Kumar

    Wen they leave n market if they leave please,please get me massage for

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  • Yash Patel

    Is there Xperia L can be connected with This lens???

  • si

    Can I use it in my xperia L

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