Upcoming iPhone-Compatible Sony Lens Attachment Detailed in Leaked Manual

Friday August 16, 2013 11:37 AM PDT by Juli Clover
Sony is crafting a new high-end lens system designed to work with smartphones, according to documents and photos published by Sony Alpha Rumors. First unveiled in photos last week, Sony’s lens accessories are actually fully functioning standalone cameras that are designed to attach magnetically to an iPhone or Android phone and connect to an app via Bluetooth.

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Leaked manual pages suggest that there are two lenses in the works, based on existing Sony hardware. The DSC-QX100 (featuring components from the RX100M II camera) comes equipped with a 20.2-megapixel sensor and a f/1.8 Carl Zeiss lens with 3.6x zoom.

The lower-end DSC-QX10 (with components from the WX150 camera) includes an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor and an f/3.5–3.9 lens.

Both lenses feature a power button, microphone, display panel (with indicators for battery life and SD card), a tripod mount, a dedicated shutter button, a multifunctional jack, and a zoom lever. The higher end version also comes with a ring control.

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It is unclear how Sony intends to price these extravagant smartphone accessories, but the existing camera hardware retails for $400 to $750. The new lenses are expected to be unveiled at an upcoming September 4 media event.

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Posted: 16 months ago
Before anyone starts to say how needless this might be, can we all just stop and take a moment to realise how mind blowing this is, an entire camera (with bluetooth) has been built into a lens housing...
Rating: 16 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago

Before anyone starts to say how needless this might be, can we all just stop and take a moment to realise how mind blowing this is, an entire camera (with bluetooth) has been built into a lens housing...


But it is, isn't it?
What on earth is the scenario in which a camera magnetically attached to your phone and controlled by an app is easier and better to use than a full camera 5mm thicker?
You still need to carry two things around, because you're not going to keep this on your phone all the time. So given that, just buy sony's thinnest camera (I believe they have one at around 10mm thin) and carry them both!
Rating: 9 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago

But it is, isn't it?
What on earth is the scenario in which a camera magnetically attached to your phone and controlled by an app is easier and better to use than a full camera 5mm thicker?
You still need to carry two things around, because you're not going to keep this on your phone all the time. So given that, just buy sony's thinnest camera (I believe they have one at around 10mm thin) and carry them both!


Not to mention you would need to attach/detach the lens, connect Bluetooth, and likely open an app if you want a viewfinder. That's a lot of steps compared to just flipping on a power button.
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago
You people don't get it, right? Well if you ever used RX100 you know that the pictures you get are way way better than anything that would ever come out of the smartphone. Ever, because matching them with a tiny phone camera requires beating the laws of physics.
This attachment is every blogger, social media addict or web junkie wet dream. Why? Because a smartphone allows you to edit and share your pictures instantly and much much better than any camera would ever do. Want filters? You can use snapseed, Instagram, photoshop whatever you want. You can have a high quality image posted to your blog in literally seconds. Your school just won state championship, boom, you have a nice contrasty low light photo on Facebook, you are at a fashion show and while everyone is sharing grainy silhouettes, you post nice high res pictures, etc, etc... It's a big, big deal. If you think your iPhone camera takes perfectly good pictures, its not for you, understood. People who care about connectivity and good photography should be excited.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago
Sony clearly have seen which way the wind is blowing with regards to point and click cameras and come up with a rather ingenious solution.

"Here's something that allows you to use your smartphone to take better photos when the built in one doesn't cut it and it'll go with you when you upgrade your phone"

I for one think its genius
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago

But it is, isn't it?
What on earth is the scenario in which a camera magnetically attached to your phone and controlled by an app is easier and better to use than a full camera 5mm thicker?
You still need to carry two things around, because you're not going to keep this on your phone all the time. So given that, just buy sony's thinnest camera (I believe they have one at around 10mm thin) and carry them both!


No, it's not. You want the iPhone OS and apps, but you want the Sony optics and sensor. Married together, it's so much better that having them apart.

I have a ridiculously expensive nikon D800e+lenses, and I love the quality. But I hate the fact that I can't easily use the results with my smartphone in the field. I tried EYE-FI, that's NOT the solution.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago

Before anyone starts to say how needless this might be, can we all just stop and take a moment to realise how mind blowing this is, an entire camera (with bluetooth) has been built into a lens housing...


Yeah what's mind blowing, is that Sony is willing to devote so much time and money on products aimed at tiny demographics. Someone at the top must have some serious delusions about the potential success of these new products. They're also making their own smart watch (flop) and a convertible laptop/tablet (aka MS surface). With all that engineering, manufacturing, design expertise at their disposal, you'd think they could just focus on one product (smartphone, laptop, tablet, etc.) and make a really killer device.

This product is great for professional instagrammers, and Chicago Sun Times journalists but that's about it.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago
For those that forgot or were unaware of what innovation is, I submit the above.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago
Problems:

Where do you keep the lens when it's not on the iPhone? (Not near anything that the lens' magnet will wipe, I hope!)

Guess it won't work with the rumored plastic iPhones.

Amazingly high dork factor. Seriously, if you're going to take the time to attach this to your iPhone, carry a point-and-shoot camera around instead and actually get decent pics.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago
Not for everyone.

It might be useful for studio photographers. If you mount the 'lens' on a tripod, you're free to walk around with an ipad as remote viewfinder. You can be in front of the camera while you adjust/reposition your subject, mess with lighting, etc., as you hit the shutter. Who needs an assistant anymore?

Or you can unobtrusively hold the lens above your head at sporting events with your ipad on your lap. That should please some folks. :)
Rating: 2 Votes

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