When rumors first popped up suggesting Sony was making smartphone lens attachments with built-in sensor, we didn’t know what to think. Frankly, it sounded too good to be true, especially since one of the lenses would come with a sensor right of the company’s market-leading RX100 II. But today we’re getting even more information on the lens cameras, suggesting these are indeed legit. And we want them, now.
According to SonyAlphaRumors, there will be two different lens-cameras—DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100—and each come equipped with built-in sensor, Bionz processor, Wi-Fi, NFC and SD card slot. The lenses allegedly magnetically attach to both Android and iOS devices (a complete compatibility list wasn’t shared), where your device’s screen basically acts as the viewfinder; presumably you’ll use a Sony-branded app specifically made for the lenses.
The most exciting lens camera will come equipped with Sony’s RX100M II 1-inch sensor and Zeiss lens (the lens on the left in the above picture), which means you essentially get that camera’s performance, but on your smartphone. The second model will feature a 10x zoom and 1/2.3-inch 18-megapixel CMOS sensor, which is basically the one Sony uses in its WX150 camera.
It’s unclear what the two lens camera will be priced at—the RX100MII is $600 while the WX150 is $400—but we imagine they won’t be cheap. A planned release, too, hasn’t been shared, though these leaks suggest Sony is well into development, meaning an announcement in the very least is imminent.
Will these lenses change the mobile camera landscape? It sure looks like Sony is intent on trying. We can’t wait to see what the images captured with these actually look like. Hopefully we’ll find out soon.