A Sony-focused blog called SonyAlphaRumors on Monday published a few interesting tidbits regarding upcoming Camera Live lens attachments for smartphones that incorporate a standalone sensor with Carl Zeiss optics and built-in processing chips, normally seen on $500 point-and-shoot cameras. Details were scarce initially, but now we’re offered additional glimpses into the the entry-level DSC-QX10 and the high-end DSC-QX100.
Thanks to a leaked manual, we know the gadgets will include advanced features such as focus ring control and expansive storage via memory cards. Go past the fold for the full reveal…
SonyAlphaRumors published part of the supposed manual.
Both the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 accept Sony’s Memory Stick Micro memory cards and feature a power button, reset button, microphone, multifunctional jack, indicator light, zoom lever and a dedicated shutter button.
The more powerful DSC-QX100 also includes a ring control and both devices support belt hook/tripod and feature a built-in display panel to indicate the remaining battery charge and notify the user if the memory card is not inserted.
The entry-level DSC-QX10 has an eighteen-megapixel CMOS sensor with a f/3.3-5.9 lens supporting 10x zoom, just like Sony’s $400 WX150 point-and-shoot Cyber-shot camera.
The pro-grade DSC-QX100 comes outfitted with a 20.2-megapixel Exmor R sensor (the same used by the Nikon 1 system) and f/1.8 Carl Zeiss lens akin to the RX100m2, the most praised high end compact camera.
Knowing the RX100MIII sensor and Zeiss lens sell for $600 on Amazon, the DSC-QX100 likely won’t come cheap.
Both Camera Live accessories are said to include Wi-Fi networking, a dedicated Bionz processing chip for fast processing and attach magnetically.
The gizmos will require Sony’s downloadable iOS or Android app to function as your iPhone basically serves as an oversized viewfinder for the more powerful Sony lens.
The DSC-QX100 measures 62,5mm × 62,5mm × 55,5mm versus 62,4mm × 61,8mm × 33,3mm for the lower spec’d DSC-QX10. The QX100 weighs in approximately 179 grams versus 105 grams for the QX10 (both including the battery pack).
Power consumption during shooting is rated at 1.1 Watts.
Sony is expected to formally announce the accessories at its invitation-only event on Wednesday, September 4 and you can bet on iDB to keep you in the loop.