Sony lenses for mobile devices shown off, and they look real this time

by: Nate SwannerAugust 12, 2013


Sony camera lenses

The ‘Sony Lens G’ is said to have a 10X zoom and 18-megapixel CMOS sensor

For the mobile photographer, the phone in their pockets is usually serviceable. Some good pics can be captured, but nothing outstanding.

We’ve already seen the terrible mock-ups of a Sony lens, which was said to attach to your Android or iOS phone. Suspect pics and an entirely out-of-left-field concept didn’t lead us to believe it was realistic, but news from Sony Alpha Rumors is starting to sway that doubt.

The lenses mentioned seem to be some very legitimate Sony kit, and almost act as a standalone camera. What you see below are reported to have their own Bionz processor, built in sensor, SD Card slot, WiFi, and NFC. Dubbed the DSC-QX10 and DCS QX100, the lenses won’t have and LCD viewfinder or normal camera controls of any kind. They will rely on your phone or tablet as a viewfinder, and to control the action beyond manual zoom.

The lens above is the “Sony Lens G”, and is said to offer a 10x zoom with an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor. As you can see in that picture, the lenses may not rely entirely on a magnetic attachment, as Sony Alpha Rumors states. The lens looks to have an adjustable clamp, much like a MOGA controller.

We’ve reached out to Sony for comment, but have yet to hear anything. Sony has a September 4 press conference scheduled at IFA, so we expect to hear more about these lenses then, if they’re the real deal. The second picture below (the one with the guy who looks like Spike Jonze)is also said to be the much anticipated Honami device, which is said to have a 20-megapixel camera of its own.

It looks like Sony may be getting serious about mobile photography, in a big way.

Sony lenses

Sony lenses in action

  • MasterMuffin

    “the lenses won’t have *AND* LCD viewfinder”

    Cool, but the price will be the key. If priced right, this should sell okay

  • End in sight

    Wow. Just wow.

  • geepeekay

    In the last pic, The actual lens of the camera is on the top right (of the back of the phone) whereas the zoom is fixed in the centre??

    • Gigi Jacobs

      I think the lens is a camera in itself and you only use the cameras lens to find what’s going to be in your view. It must have some software that makes it connect to the phones controls but doesn’t use the phone’s camera except as a view finder.

    • Ivan Budiutama

      It is connected via NFC. I think using bluetooth pairing. My guess it will disable the phone’s Camera and use the add-on lenses instead, maybe Sony will release a free app to accompany this similar to their smartwatch on Play Store.

      • Jacob

        I also suspected that camera talks to the lens wirelessly and controlls it and receives the photos from lens via bluetooth/NFC . I wonder what is the battery in the lens and how long it lasts/charges.

  • Bradley Bertrim

    I think the key to this selling is price point and just how much control over the lens/sensor you have. I would love to see the ability to change the aperture size, shutter speed and adjust the ISO. Otherwise its not really worth it just for a 10x optical zoom; I’ll just carry a point and shoot which takes up a similar amount of space and gives me more megapixels, similar optical zoom and more control.

  • chanman

    Nikon and Canon shat their pants riiiiight about… now.

  • ExcelionYogi

    If this takes decent photos in low light and a decent shutter speed, I might actually buy myself a new Sony phone and this lens

  • john

    This is extremely cool.

  • najiy91

    err..what about flash???

  • Basel Mohamed

    Hope it would be for all android phones not just Sony

  • JimAlaska

    Just hope it does a respectable job of wide angle…