By Stephen Schenck | August 16, 2013 4:20 PM
On Monday, a previously preposterous-sounding rumor returned with a vengeance, and we got our first look at these unique Sony “lens camera” accessories for smartphones, adding a fully external high-end lens and sensor to existing phones. The pics we saw looked pretty legitimate, but even then we heard a few voices of dissent, wondering if this was just an elaborate hoax. Well, if it is, it just keeps getting more elaborate, and a new leak brings us imagery from these accessories’ manuals, and adds some new hardware details.
First up, as should be little surprise: these puppies are heavy. The smaller DSC-QX10 should have a mass of 105 grams, with the DSC-QX100 coming it at 179 grams. Keep in mind, an entire Xperia Z smartphone is only 146 grams itself.
We also get the unfortunate news that memory card support is for Sony’s proprietary Memory Stick Micro, and apparently not good ol’ microSD.
Especially with this new leak, it really looks like these guys are coming to market. Will something this unusual be a hit, or is Sony looking forward to a flop? We’ll be finding out over the next few months.
Key: 1) Power Button 2) Microphone 3) Display Panel 4) Hook for belt
5) Tripod 6) Ring Control (DSC-QX100) 7) Power / charge / movie
8) Zoom lever 9) Shutter button 10) Multifunctional jack 11) RESET button