By Stephen Schenck | August 28, 2013 3:20 PM
One of the most unusual smartphone rumors of the summer really started moving into high gear earlier this month, with a new wave of leaks transforming these odd Sony “lens camera” accessories, designed to attach to an existing smartphone and offer a higher-quality camera, from fantastic speculation to something that seemed nearly ready to launch. Indeed, we’re hoping to see Sony go public with these guys at its IFA event next week. We still have a ton of questions about these devices, but today we may get the answer to at least one of them, with a new rumor attempting to identify just what Sony may hope to charge.
Remember, we’re talking about two distinct models here, the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100, with an an 18-megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor, and 20.2-megapixel one-inch sensor, respectively. Supposedly, Sony intends to sell DSC-QX10 for what works out to $230, and the DSC-QX100 for about $500.
That’s a sizable chunk of change to ask someone to drop on a camera that doesn’t even work by itself, and requires the added expense of a smartphone to use. Still, it does sound like a more affordable option to get access to that imaging tech than the alternative: the QX100 has been compared to the camera hardware in Sony’s DSC-RX100M II, which sells for over $700, and the QX10, Sony’s $400 DSC-WX150. In that light, one of these lens cameras could save you a couple hundred bucks, assuming you’ve already got the smartphone.