New Sony camera-lens to revolutionize smartphone photography

New Sony camera-lens to revolutionize smartphone photography

Sony couldn't just stop at presenting a brand-new smartphone superstar at the IFA coming up in Berlin on Sept 14th. In fact, the manufacturer has come out with two new gadgets which actually revolutionize smartphone photography, starting a brand-new tech trend. Presenting the smartphone camera attachable lens, which will allow you to shoot quality images on your smartphone. 

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A powerful team: the Sony Honami with the new camera lens G. / © Sony Alpha Rumors

Thanks to SonyAlphaRumors, we've been able to take a preview look at this innovative mix of lens and camera. Compared to old Android lens kits from the past, these have their own sensor and processor, as well as an SD card slot and will connect to your smartphone or tablet via WiFi and an NFC chip. 

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Stick-on-lens: The G Lens is magnetically attached to your smartphone. / © Sony Alpha Rumors

What they don't have is an interface, so no viewfinder display or buttons. No problem, because these camera lenses are made to be controlled by your smartphone, to which they attach magnetically: the smartphone will show the normal viewfinder display and offer picture storage space. The idea sounds awesome since these camera-lenses will combine a compact gadget and sensor technology that you usually only get with a normal point-and-shoot digital camera.

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Both the premium and cheaper version will offer you excellent photos. © Sony Alpha Rumors

There are in fact two versions: the premium version DSC-QX100 is equipped with the same sensor as the Sony system camera RX100 Mark II. The 1-inch Exmor R sensor provides a resolution of 20.2 megapixels with 3.6x zoom and promises high quality pictures in combination with the Carl Zeiss lens (f/1.8).

The cheaper version under the name DSC XW10 comes with 10x zoom, 18 megapixels and a 1/2 inch sensor, which is the same size as normal digital cameras, like the Galaxy S4 Zoom for example.

So far there are no prices and release dates confirmed for either lens in the Sony Lens G series, but we are quite certain that Sony will unveil its new innovative technology in Berlin at the IFA in early September. We will actually be live at the event to scoop up the hot tech news.  

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  • This is excellent!! I want one!!! How much will it cost?

  • Maybe if Kodak had done something like this, they would still on top of the picture biz.

    • Kodak would still be on top if they'd only add zoom lenses and refundability to throw away cameras so they could be re-used. Film and printed photo will always be better quality than digital images which have pixels. Even old black and white photos have better quality. Take a magnifying glass to any digital photo and you see pixels, do the same with any classic photo and you see details.

  • Yes, Mark, this could definitely be targeting a niche market. It is cool, however, that instead of buying a real camera, avid photographers can buy these cheaper cameras-lenses instead to achieve better smartphone picture quality. But you're right, this might not attract the general masses.

  • most of the time the camera on your phone is good enough for sharing your life on line. I'm not convinced there's a real market for this type of thing.

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