Sony QX10 and QX100 lens-camera press shots leak

News Paul Briden 12:09, 13 Aug 2013

Sony is gearing up to launch the QX10 and QX100, a pair of lens-cameras which you can attach to a smartphone for enhanced imaging

Press shots have leaked showing Sony is preparing to launch a range of so-called ‘lens-cameras’, large lens accessories which you can attach to your smartphone to snap better pictures.

The images, which do have all the makings of official press and promotional shots, emerged via Sony Alpha Rumors which reports that they show the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 lenses, which each feature built-in sensors (presumably Exmor RS CMOS BSI setups), BIONZ image processors, Wi-Fi and NFC (presumably Bluetooth too?) and a microSD slot.

The idea is that you attach them to your smartphone magnetically and link up via the NFC/Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, using the phone display and on-screen camera controls.

Sony Alpha Rumours claims one of the lenses will use the same tech found in the Sony DSC RX100M II Cybershot camera (we’re guessing this would be the QX100 lens-camera), this apparently uses a 1-inch sensor in a setup which is highly praised by photography aficionados and also appears inside the Nikon 1.

The other model uses a similar setup to the Sony WX150 Cybershot camera with a 10x optical zoom, 1/2.3-inch 18-megapixel CMOS sensor with a range from f/3.3-f/5.9 on the aperture. We can only assume this is the DSC-QX10.

It’s also been suggested that both models may have built in optical image stabilisation (OIS). According to the report the lens-cameras will be more widely compatible than you might think, working with both a range of Android handsets and Apple's iPhone, rather than just Sony devices.

Sony is expected to announce the Sony Honami, aka the Xperia i1, on September 4 at an event ahead of IFA 2013 in Berlin, Germany, and it’s thought it may introduce these new lens-cameras at the same time.

Some commentators have also said the promotional picture with the chap wearing glasses taking a photo of some strawberries may in fact show the Sony Honami equipped with a lens-camera, but we’re not so sure. What do you think readers?

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