If SonyAlphaRumors is to be believed Sony could be working on new lens accessories to turn your iOS or Android smartphone into a fully fledged camera. What you are seeing in the images below are the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 lenses.
These aren’t just your typical lenses though that attach to your point and shoot camera, rather they have built-in sensors, a Bionz processor, Wifi/NFC wireless connection and a SD card slot. There is also no LCD screen and no usual camera controls.
So just what are their use then?
Good question! They were actually designed to be magnetically attached to your iOS / Android smartphone or tablet and communicate with it via Wifi or NFC. You will be able to control them through a dedicated app.
You can say goodbye to simple lens kits. With these new accessories from Sony you will be able to literally transform your smartphone or tablet into a fully fledged camera. The DSC-QX10 lens is expected to feature a 10x zoom and use the same sensor as Sony’s $400 WX150 Cyber-shot camera. While the DSC-QX100 is expected to feature a one-inch 20.2-megapixel Exmor R sensor with a 2/1.8 Carl Zeiss lens (similar to the Sony RX100 point-and-shoot camera).
These accessories from Sony certainly won’t be cheap, but they will definitely appeal to the professional market. Would you be interested in buying on? Drop us a line with your thoughts in the comments section below.