Sony has just unveiled perhaps the next big idea for integrating your smartphone with true high-quality pictures. They created the “lens cameras,” revealed in a teaser series of press photos yesterday. These are essentially lenses with built-in sensors and processors that can interface with a smartphone. SonyAlphaRumors posted a few images that reveal the attachable smartphone lens cameras together with the yet to be announced Sony Xperia i1 or Honami. The site says that the images are those of an external lens cameras dubbed as DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100.
Since these are without an LCD screen or camera controls, the lens camera pair is controllable through a smartphone or tablet’s Wi-Fi or NFC, according to the site The external lenses magnetically attach with a smartphone or tablet and are compatible with both Android and iOS devices. The SonyAlphaRumors site also states that the lenses will have two different sensors. The higher end model will feature the 20.2-megapixel Exmor R sensor and f/1.8 Carl Zeiss lens from the Sony RX100 II. The other model will pack a 10x zoom lens with 1/2,3-inch 18-megapixel CMOS sensor. No exact release date and price of the external lenses has been mentioned.
The leaked images also give us a preview of Sony’s highly-anticipated device, the Honami smartphone. The Sony Xperia Honami is said to come with a 5.0-inch full-HD display. It will possibly be driven by a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor equipped with 2GB of RAM. The gadget is rumored to have a 20-megapixel Exmor RS camera which is anticipated to sport a Sony G-lens and BIONZ image processor. It is also expected to have a 2.0-megapixel front facing camera. A 16GB internal storage and a 3000mAh battery are also rumored specs, and the gadget is to run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It will also likely come with IP57 certification, so expect a dust-and water-resistant device.