I doubt you've seen something like this before — a ‘camera' that is nothing more than a lens with a sensor attached… this is a new concept from Sony that is sure to turn some heads.
The new Sony DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 lenses are designed to be attached to your iPhone or android cell phone – so the operation of the camera is done with an app on your phone – which is something that we've been speculating is coming to many cameras eventually.
The DSC-QX100 is said to have the same 20.2MP sensor used in the Sony RX100 Mark II, while the DSC-QX10 lens will include a larger 1/2.3-inch 18MP CMOS sensor and 10x zoom.
You can see the images below and sonyalpharumors even has found the manual online so it looks pretty darn serious!
First of all: You absolutely have to follow SonyAlphaRumors the next days because there will be plenty of exciting Sony news. Be sure to subscribe our RSS feed (Click here) and Twitter (Click here) stream and the Facebook fan page (Click here) in order to not miss any rumors! There will be new NEX cameras and lenses (and a Full Frame NEX!), new Action cameras, the Honami i1 and the craziest thing of all is this new sort of “Lens-camera”.
Lens-camera: What you see on these images are the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 lenses. Actually these are not normal lenses! They have built-in sensor, Bionz processor, Wifi/NFC wireless connection and SD card slot. These lenses have no LCD screen and no usual camera controls. You will be able to control them through your smart phone or tablet (via WiFi or NFC). The lenses can be magnetically attached on your smartphone and it works on both, Android and iOS devices. That is nothing like we have seen before. For the first time you can shoot top quality images with your smartphone. Forget these iPhone or Android lens kits!
Sony will soon launch two “lens-cameras”:
1) One is the “Lens-camera” with RX100MII sensor and Zeiss lens ($600 here on Amazon). On the pictures it is the bigger lens. As you know the RX100 is the most praised high end compact camera and features a large 1 inch sensor which is the same used by the Nikon 1 system. Now you can have that kind of Image Quality on your iPhone or Android Smartphone!
2) The second model will feature a 10xzoom lens with 1/2,3 inch 18 megapixel CMOS sensor (the image with the f/3,3-5.9 lens). It’s basically the same sensor and lens of the Sony WX150 ($400 on Amazon).
Price and exact release date are yet unknown (September 4?).
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)