Do 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.