Sony has recently been making waves as a phone manufacturer and Android OEM, including the Xperia Z, but let us remember that before the smartphone revolution, Sony made brilliant cameras. We have also seen devices that bring better cameras to smartphones. But behind the scenes, Sony has been working on a product of small proportions but hue impact. It seeks to bring all its experience as a camera expert to the smartphones, and blow all competition out of the water. Sony is allegedly working on the QX10 and QX100 lens cameras to do just this.
The QX10 and QX100 are essentially lenses, with a sensor, processor, zoom lens, WiFi connectivity and an SD card slot, and can connect to your Android, iPhone or tablet through WiFi or NFC. They use the the phone’s screen and internal memory / the inserted SD Card, effectively turning it into a high-end digital camera when the lens is attached.
SonyAlphaRumours earlier leaked pictures of the new ‘lens cameras’, giving surprisingly little information, but enough to get us really curious about the new device. They recently posted a manual leak on the two new lens cameras, revealing some more information about these new devices, giving us enough information to eagerly await the unveiling.
The QX10 will have the same 1/2.3 inch 18 MP CMOS sensor and f/3.3-5.9 lens as the Sony WX150 point-and-shoot camera, while the higher-end QX100 will feature the Sony RX100 M2 hardware, with a 20.2 MP Exmor R sensor and an f/1.8 Carl Zeiss lens. The lenses connect via WiFi or NFC to your Android or iOS device, and use its screen as a viewfinder.
The lenses bear much similarity to DSLR lenses, and have enough controls to keep the experienced photorapher at ease. Both lenses feature a Power button, microphone, display for battery and SD status, shutter keys and zoom control. The QX100 even has a ring control for focusing. Both models have tripod mounts, a hook-for-belt, and a yet unknown “multifunction jack”.
The QX10 weighs in at about 105g, while the QX100 is around 170g. Both are powered by a rechargeable battery pack and consume 1.1W of power while shooting.
The lenses are expected to be announced on September the 4th, where we will hopefully get to know everything about the game-changers and also get to see it in action.