Sony's 'lens camera' gets outed in high-res photos, coming next month

By on August 12, 2013, 4:30 PM

Last month we entertained rumors of a smartphone accessory from Sony that’s best described as a “lens camera.” The device would attach to the back of your phone and transform the handset into a true digital camera. A crude, low-resolution rendering and a general description was all we had to go on at the time yet as it turns out, the lens camera is very real.

SonyAlphaRumors just got their hands on the first high-resolution photos of Sony’s upcoming lens cameras. As previously alluded to, the lens camera is a self-contained unit that consists of a camera lens, a sensor, processor, wireless connectivity hardware and an SD card slot. The kit magnetically attaches to your smartphone or tablet and transforms the device into a high-end digital camera.

We’re told that Sony will soon be launching two different lens cameras. One will feature the RX 100MII sensor – the same one used by the Nikon 1 system – and a Zeiss lens while the other will include a 10x zoom lens with an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor which is the same lens and sensor found on the Sony WX150.

A device of this type would be a completely new take on photography, especially if you were to use the lens as a standalone camera. You could still use your smartphone as a viewfinder and shutter button without it being attached. The possibilities are truly limitless.

The publication lists the rumor as almost certainly correct and based on the included images, I’d have to agree with them. They didn’t have a definitive date for the announcement although September 4 was singled out as a possibility.




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ikesmasher said:

Is it just me or is magnetically attaching things to any sort of computer a not so good idea? cant that mess with stuff?

JC713 JC713 said:

That is really cool!

Is it just me or is magnetically attaching things to any sort of computer a not so good idea? cant that mess with stuff?

If that was the case, it wouldnt be sold.

Gopal Bhat Gopal Bhat said:

That is really cool!

Is it just me or is magnetically attaching things to any sort of computer a not so good idea? cant that mess with stuff?

If that was the case, it wouldnt be sold.

Is it just me or is magnetically attaching things to any sort of computer a not so good idea? cant that mess with stuff?

I remember magnets would mess with CRT displays & I know they screw around with the Galaxy Note's S-Pen functionality but I'm sure the vast majority of devices are unaffected nowadays.

DKRON said:

Wouldn't it just be easier clipping it on rather than magnets, not like you would be complaining about size with the hole massive lens attached to the phone and all?

p51d007 said:

No thanks, I'll keep my real camera for photos, and just the camera phone for quick snapshots.

Guest said:

The RX100MII sensor is not found in the nikon 1 system, but we wish it was.

Signed,

A nikon DSLR user

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

The worlds gone portability mad. Where do we find the space to carry around phones, phablets. tablets, laptops and now camera lenses just to go to the supermarket.

IAMTHESTIG said:

The worlds gone portability mad. Where do we find the space to carry around phones, phablets. tablets, laptops and now camera lenses just to go to the supermarket.

Easy, in our new man-purse of course. Kind of like that Seinfeld episode... I'm sorry, I meant a European Carry-All

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