One of the more unusual smartphone rumors to come our way this summer has been one about Sony and plans for an external add-on phone camera accessory. More than just a lens, the product was supposed to be some sort of all-in-one camera that affixed to the rear of an existing phone and wirelessly communicated with the handset. We were very much skeptical at the time, but today a new leak sure seems to confirm those claims, and gives us a nice, clear look at how this product could launch.
Supposedly, there will be at least two of these camera accessories, Sony’s models DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100. The former would have an 18-megapixel 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, while the latter would get a big 20.2-megapixel one-inch component. Both would have internal batteries, and support SD cards for storage, but all camera controls would be done wireless through smartphone software. Apps supporting the lens-cameras are expected to be available for both iPhone and Android.
While this now seems very much real, we still have a number of questions. For instance, this report claims that the lenses will attach to your phone with magnets; most phones aren’t too ferromagnetic to begin with, least of all able to support a bulky accessory like this on their own. We’d sure love to see more angles of this hardware and get a better sense of that clamp, as well.
From the sound of things, these could be launched at the IFA next month, along with the Honami/i1, also pictured in this leak.