Sony may be looking to take over your smartphone’s camera duties with the lens-camera, a camera attachment that includes a processor, sensor, SD slot and more and can be put on an Android or iOS device to take better pictures.
There are innovative products that fail to be anything beyond unique concepts, and then there are innovative products that can actually be extremely useful. Sony’s “lens-camera” is perhaps a great example of the latter – expected to be introduced during IFA, the lens-camera is a separate camera attachment that you can snap on to an Android or iOS device to take better pictures.
While camera attachments are nothing new, Sony takes the concept a step further – each lens camera will have all the requisite hardware for taking pictures, including a Bionz image processor, zoom lens, built-in sensor, and an SD card slot. Your smartphone will act as a viewfinder and offer all the controls, after wirelessly connecting to the lens-cameras over Wi-Fi or NFC, and offer image quality that at least rivals digital point-and-shoots.
Two lens-camera models are currently known, the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100. The Q10 will feature an 18-megapixel sensor and 10x optical zoom, offering performance similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Camera, while the QX100 will be based on the 20.2-megapixel RX100 sensor and f/1.8 Carl Zeiss lens found on Sony’s RX100M II camera, which has received acclaim for its impressive photo quality.
Some might balk at the very idea of strapping on a separate camera contraption to their phones, but provided the price (and performance) is right, the lens-camera may turn out to be quite a successful product that lets people get better image quality without the need to buy a costly high-end smartphone (like the Nokia Lumia 1020, or even the Samsung Galaxy S4).
What’s your opinion on Sony’s lens-camera? Is it something you’d like to have around for those moments you need to take great shots that your smartphone can’t otherwise take?