Aug 28 AT 1:41 PM Dima Aryeh 15 Comments

Sony lens camera prices leaked, QX100 may be $450

Sony QX10 Xperia Z

Remember the Sony lens cameras that were leaked a while ago? They’re a pretty innovative product that’s basically a lens, camera sensor and processor in a package that attaches to your phone. The phone acts as the display and control for the lens, allowing you to take far more professional quality photos from a smartphone. Pretty awesome, right?

The biggest concern with these devices was the price. The higher-end QX100 has the same 1-inch 20.2 megapixel sensor as the Sony RX100M II camera, so it has to be expensive with that kind of shooting equipment. And according to info given to Sony Alpha Rumors, the device will be around $450. While that seems expensive, it’s a massive $300 less than the RX100M II camera itself, and you’re still getting the lens, processor, sensor and connectivity options built in. Basically, most of the camera.

Taiwanese site ePrice set prices for both the attachments, including the lower end QX10. Their price for the QX100 is a bit higher, at NT$14,900 or $498USD. The QX10 is priced at NT$6,900, or $230 USD.

For the image quality of a $750 camera with a 1-inch sensor, paying $450 and having the pleasure of using your large-screened smartphone to take photos could easily be worth it for many. Instead of lugging around a camera, just bring a lens and clip it onto any Android or iOS smartphone. Plus, the lower end option will suit those who want great photos on a budget (assuming it performs). Would you buy one of these attachments for such a price?

Source: Sony Alpha Rumors, ePrice

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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  • Ken

    The real competition is the $600 Sony RX100

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  • Fab

    As with any new device, i’ll wait for a review, but from a spec point of view this is awesome. A clip-on ‘camera’ similarily specified like the best compact p&s and you still use your phone. How awesome is that!? But there’s always someone finding this useless or crap…

  • LukeT32

    How does it connect to the phone? Bluetooth? Micro usb?

    • mecky33

      NRFID is the primary method.

    • Tutomo

      Duck tape

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

    On paper, it sounds good, but I would reserve my judgement until the products come out. I’ve tried the remote control app of the NEX series. Connecting thru wifi produces significant latency.

  • Bobba

    Well…it certainly would give you plenty of freedom in choosing whatever phone you want while still having the nice camera accessory that will work with whatever phone you choose.

    I would really be interested in this, but think it’s about $100 too much. But Kudos to a great idea.

  • n25philly

    At what point do you just go out and get a real camera?

  • Abhik

    What about a flash option? Will that remain accessible from the native device only, meaning a pretty shitty zero light scenario?

  • aranea

    Given that you can pretty much buy a dslr (or dslt in Sony’s case) for that price I wouldn’t pay $450 for a cell phone add-on.

    • GX

      You missed the point entirely. Obviously, this product is for people who DO NOT want to lug around a huge DSLR.

  • donger

    Let’s wait and see what the price will be. This will be for the photographers.

  • Jay

    This lens sounds awesome but expensive and a bit cumbersome for most people. Factoring in the avetage $200 cost for a phone, the almost obligatory $15 to $40 for a decent case (i.e anotterbox), the customary belt holster for some at about $5-$20, monthly carrier carges avetaging around $100 then for great pictures tack on another $400.
    The Nokia Lumia 1020 at $100 more than the average device and right there with the iphone 5 32 gig version at $299 is a much more affordable price for great pics and far less cumbersome than navigating a separate attachment.
    National Geographic Award Winning photographer, armed only with a Nokia Lumia 1020 went on assignment and produced astounding photos. Check out his professional experience.

    http://www.nationalgeographic.com/nokia/

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/firehose/archive/2013/08/29/national-geographic-photographer-stephen-alvarez-goes-on-assignment-with-the-nokia-lumia-1020.aspx

    • Jay

      Sorry, I meant to mention Stephen Alverz’s name as the National Geographic award winning photographer who went on assignment using only the Mokia Lumis 1020 as his camera.
      http://www.nationalgeographic.com/nokia/