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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.

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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.

Sony DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 manual

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.

  • Gorgonphone

    oh so basically the phone becomes the image storage device fro the camera that is attaches to…lol this will only be a good idea if the price is substantially lower than buying a proper camera

    • Qasim Bashir

      but its iPhone so anything that has anything to do with iphones is automatically more expensive. >:(

      • Gorgonphone

        yeah um this is a bad idea.. and looks very lame too

  • jdshorrock

    Might as well purchase the Lumia 1020

    • felixtaf

      Y? because it has more megapixels? Its a good camera phone.. But no way near this optics…

  • Kevin Guzman

    This will be great for my iPhone. Love using my DSLR, but I still want to take better iPhone pictures.

    • KC

      Agreed. I’d love to use one of these for my Droid, assuming the price is right.

  • Andy

    Or get a real DSLR camera? I take photos occasionally with my iPhone but if I was to go on a trip, I would take my actual camera with me.

  • 5ingularity

    Oh no, another smart camera! …. and why so expensive? $799 for the iphone and $500(possibly even more) for the lens(not to mention it runs on the iphone’s battery), might as well as get a decent camera for $300 and save $200.

  • Dixon

    damm, my olloclips looks like a toy against this …

  • D.

    Can’t wait to not buy this

  • JulianZHuang

    was hoping that’s a pancake/prime lense 🙁
    i will pass until theres a prime lense.

  • Jimmy Parker

    Better WE buy DSLR as i Think…. its waste kind of effort of having DSLR camera on iphone for…..

  • Ted Forbes

    This is just another camera attached to the view finder of your phone. The 62mm lens 3.5 aperture does not extend the phone reach or lighting much.

    I have not seen the test and ratings on this device but from my understanding the aperture of this lens is not low lux and may prohibit low light photography unless otherwise. 62mm is not an extended focus (zoom) on an SLR so I don’t know how much of a reach this lens is on the phone.

    The third but not final thing is where is the lens when you want to do a fast shot. The mobile phone is the greatest invention it is everywhere you are and it does a lot of things in an instant without anything attached to it.

    This is “no wow” to me and from my judgment it seem to limits what the phone is about. So I am not sure I am ready to carry this little bulky thing around with me everytime I go and everywhere I go for such little results and especially at such a high cost.