In case you didn’t catch the news a while back, there had been rumors that Sony was working on a lens camera accessory that would clip on to any smartphone to instantly give it better imaging capabilities. This was a unique approach to photography on smartphones when compared to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and the Nokia Lumia 1020 with its 41mp monster camera. Unfortunately at the time, all we had to go on were a few renders, but now it looks like we have some leaks of genuine-looking renders and live images of the Sony Lens G clip-on camera accessories! Check them out below!
The Sony Lens G clip-on camera accessories will come in two variants: the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100. Both are fairly complete camera assemblies, meaning they come with built-in sensor, Bionz processor, WiFi/NFC capabilities and an SD slot. They won’t come with a screen since the smartphone they clip-on to should serve that purpose. It’s not clear how they will connect to your smartphone, but it should presumably be either through the built-in WiFi or NFC.
It isn’t exactly clear which is which when trying to differentiate between the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100, but the bigger one will feature an RX100MII sensor and Zeiss lens. In case you didn’t know, the RX100 is a large one inch sensor and is the same one found on the popular Nikon 1 series of compact cameras with interchangeable lens systems. The smaller one will have an 18mp CMOS sensor with 10x zoom lens. The sensor is the same one that’s found on the Sony WX150.
At this point, it isn’t a question of whether these leaks of the Sony Lens G accessories are genuine or not, but when we will actually get to see them. It’s certainly an innovative way to get quality shots on smartphones. No news on Sony Lens G pricing or anything like that, but expect these to come at a premium.