Sony rumoured to be working on bolt-on lens camera for smart phones

Posted:  August 13, 2013   By:    12 comments   


Sony might be one of the first to jump on a 13MP pixel count bandwagon early this year but the photo quality could have been better. Recently we’ve seen the Lumia 1020 from Nokia boasting 41MP while Samsung has its own Galaxy S4 Zoom that comes with an optical 10X zoom lens.

Now Sony is said to be working on a new interesting device that would compliment camera photography with its very own Lens Camera as shown above. Imagine a compact lens which functions like a standard compact camera which can be bolted on to your existing smart phone device with clamps and magnets. It is said to come with Bionz processor, WiFi and NFC connectivity for that seamless attachment to your smart phone. From the looks of it, it seems to be more practical on smart phones with a flat back surface like the iPhone 5, Xperia Z and Nexus 4.

There are 2 models available – DSC-QX10 and a DSC-QX100. The first QX10 lens is said to be having a 1″ sensor that is reportedly similar to the Nikon 1 while the 2nd model QX100 comes with a 10X Zoom lens and a 1/2.3″ sensor. Pretty impressive specs but we are curious to know how much these 2 would cost in comparison with the new specialised phone-cameras/camera-phones in the market today. The specs isn’t official yet but it is likely that any Android or iOS device might be able to use this via WiFi. So far, it is rumoured that the lens camera would be revealed at IFA in Berlin on the 4th of September.

If you looked closer at the picture above, you’ll notice that the smart phone shown isn’t the Xperia Z or Xperia Z Ultra. This could be Sony’s upcoming Honami smart phone with a 20MP shooter.

Head after the break for more photos of the lens camera.




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12 Comments for Sony rumoured to be working on bolt-on lens camera for smart phones


I'm just wondering what audience this device is intended for, unless its inexpensive? You will still need to carry an additional and relatively bulky object so its not going to be with you all the time unlike a camera/smartphone like the 1020.
Might as well bring along a proper compact camera since you can't pocket this thing anyway.

But then who would have thought phablets could be so popular?

John Ho

=.=''' it's somehow too "creative" that I can't accept it….. maybe I am just too old school….


aside from zooming purpose what else this lens for? since the honami itself has 20.7 mp..


It's better than S4 Zoom.