Aug 12 AT 2:34 PM Dima Aryeh 18 Comments

New leak shows off Sony “lens cameras” that attach to and are controlled by a smartphone

Sony QX10 Xperia Z

Sony seems to have a new, innovative product up their sleeve. This is a leak and a rumor, but it’s pretty damn credible. The rumored devices are the DSC-QX10 and QX100, which are new products Sony will probably call “lens cameras.” With a lens, image sensor, BIONZ image processor, WiFi, NFC and an SD slot, they are fully equipped to take high quality photos. However, they lack a screen or any way to control them.

They are made to attach to a smartphone. Using WiFI and/or NFC, they will connect to the phone and allow it to control the lens camera. With this fairly small accessory, you’ll be able to take awesome photos on the go using your favorite smartphone. And best of all, these accessories will work with both Android and iOS devices.

Sony QX10 QX100

According to this leak, there will be two models. The bigger one will contain the 20.2MP RX100 Mark II sensor, which is a very large 1-inch sensor. The other model will come with a smaller 1/2.3-inch 18MP sensor and 10x zoom lens. Those are pretty impressive sensors for phone accessories.

Sony QX100 happy dude

This photo is a double leak, because if you look closer, the phone that is being used is actually the rumored Sony Honami.

We hope that Sony will price these devices well, because these could really improve mobile photography while we wait for phones to get better sensors and lenses. We may see these devices at IFA on September 4, so stay tuned. Would you get one? And if not, tell us why!

Via: Engadget

Source: Sony Alpha Rumors

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • Red

    I ll get one depending from THE price.

  • Mohammed

    this is the best accessory ever built for smart phone, i think. hope the price is affordable.

  • ricecakes

    Sony has really hit it out of the park with this idea. Hopefully it works well and doesn’t come with too much of the Sony price markup…

  • Francis Bawasanta

    I’d consider this also depending on the price and expandability. I can already control my GoPro 3 Black edition via the wifi app. If the Sony were essentially a DSLR or high end Point and shoot then it will be a great device. Maybe I’ll just mount my GoPro with some duct tape. lol

  • Kilgore Trout

    Now that’s a damn sweet idea!!!

  • Dan

    For $150, I’d get one. Any more than that and I’d rather get a dedicated camera with it’s own features.

    • apai

      the point of this camera is to build on the one on the phone. if honami comes with a good sensor, then, this one adds the physical zoom, and possibly has a good sensor on it too. take it like a vacation accessory. use it when needed in a park/ concert, and use the phone normally other time. the solution is unique, I’m pretty sure a lot of people would like such an idea. Also, if the camera by itself is sturdy, it could outlast the device.

  • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

    So this is basically a camera with it’s own sensor and then it transfers the photos to your phone Via Wifi/NFC or SD card? This is an interesting idea. It works with iOS or Android…I could see this being very popular with the iTouch crowd.

    I really want to know what the focal range is (besides 10x) and what it stops down to. It looks like it has some macro functionality based on the promo shot of him taking the pic of the strawberries.

    My next question is will it be able to control the flash?

  • R.S

    I like that it’s essentially it’s own camera and doesn’t have to be over the phone’s camera lens.

    That’s a plus since it’ll mean that you should be able to use on phones with bulky cases. Also, if your camera app allows you to set the volume up or down button as the shutter, you can have the phone sideways to the left instead of the right.

  • mattcoz

    I just don’t know what to think. On one hand it would be amazing to have the RX100 MII sensor on my phone, but it looks like it would be quite large and cumbersome when attached. Also, it would have to be quite a bit cheaper than the RX100 MII to make any sense. Oh, and how would this work with the curved back of the Moto X?

  • donger

    I can see this being over $300 easy.

  • apai

    brilliant idea! this is very practical for vacation or on demand photography. pretty handy accesory too!

  • Donnieace

    Knowing Sony, this will come at a hefty price.

  • jamal adam

    If the price is right.

  • Mark

    Camera on phone = not pocket friendly
    Camera in one pocket phone it another=not ideal
    Go to take a pic please hold while i take out my phone then my camera lens then connect the lens turn on phone turn on camera app so i can see were im pointing=LOL

    Seriously just take pic with phone if you want nice photos get a real camera.

  • DAVID

    The Greek in me is excited. But truthfully this is no more convenient than carrying a phone and a camera. It doesn’t truly give you both devices in one.

  • Eddie Artajo

    I will definitely buy…..LOVE YOU SONY

  • babbeloo

    To me this Sony is meat nor fish.

    If you want to carry bulky lenses along with you, then better take a DSLR.
    If you desire a camera smartphone which fits in your pockets, then better go for a Nokia Lumia 1020 (the best), a Nokia 925 or a HTC One.

  1. RedGuest 2 years ago

    I ll get one depending from THE price.

  2. MohammedGuest 2 years ago

    this is the best accessory ever built for smart phone, i think. hope the price is affordable.

  3. Sony has really hit it out of the park with this idea. Hopefully it works well and doesn’t come with too much of the Sony price markup…

  4. Francis BawasantaGuest 2 years ago

    I’d consider this also depending on the price and expandability. I can already control my GoPro 3 Black edition via the wifi app. If the Sony were essentially a DSLR or high end Point and shoot then it will be a great device. Maybe I’ll just mount my GoPro with some duct tape. lol

  5. Now that’s a damn sweet idea!!!

  6. DanGuest 2 years ago

    For $150, I’d get one. Any more than that and I’d rather get a dedicated camera with it’s own features.

    • apaiGuest 2 years ago

      the point of this camera is to build on the one on the phone. if honami comes with a good sensor, then, this one adds the physical zoom, and possibly has a good sensor on it too. take it like a vacation accessory. use it when needed in a park/ concert, and use the phone normally other time. the solution is unique, I’m pretty sure a lot of people would like such an idea. Also, if the camera by itself is sturdy, it could outlast the device.

  7. So this is basically a camera with it’s own sensor and then it transfers the photos to your phone Via Wifi/NFC or SD card? This is an interesting idea. It works with iOS or Android…I could see this being very popular with the iTouch crowd.

    I really want to know what the focal range is (besides 10x) and what it stops down to. It looks like it has some macro functionality based on the promo shot of him taking the pic of the strawberries.

    My next question is will it be able to control the flash?

  8. I like that it’s essentially it’s own camera and doesn’t have to be over the phone’s camera lens.

    That’s a plus since it’ll mean that you should be able to use on phones with bulky cases. Also, if your camera app allows you to set the volume up or down button as the shutter, you can have the phone sideways to the left instead of the right.

  9. I just don’t know what to think. On one hand it would be amazing to have the RX100 MII sensor on my phone, but it looks like it would be quite large and cumbersome when attached. Also, it would have to be quite a bit cheaper than the RX100 MII to make any sense. Oh, and how would this work with the curved back of the Moto X?

  10. I can see this being over $300 easy.

  11. apaiGuest 2 years ago

    brilliant idea! this is very practical for vacation or on demand photography. pretty handy accesory too!

  12. Knowing Sony, this will come at a hefty price.

  13. If the price is right.

  14. MarkGuest 2 years ago

    Camera on phone = not pocket friendly
    Camera in one pocket phone it another=not ideal
    Go to take a pic please hold while i take out my phone then my camera lens then connect the lens turn on phone turn on camera app so i can see were im pointing=LOL

    Seriously just take pic with phone if you want nice photos get a real camera.

  15. DAVIDGuest 2 years ago

    The Greek in me is excited. But truthfully this is no more convenient than carrying a phone and a camera. It doesn’t truly give you both devices in one.

  16. Eddie ArtajoGuest 2 years ago

    I will definitely buy…..LOVE YOU SONY

  17. babbelooGuest 2 years ago

    To me this Sony is meat nor fish.

    If you want to carry bulky lenses along with you, then better take a DSLR.
    If you desire a camera smartphone which fits in your pockets, then better go for a Nokia Lumia 1020 (the best), a Nokia 925 or a HTC One.