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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

ViaEngadget | SourceSony Alpha Rumors

 

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