Last year at IFA, we saw Sony announce its Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100 pair of “lens-style cameras,” external add-on cameras that can either clip on to smartphones (and later, tablets) or be used remotely, communicating with their companion apps over WiFi and giving photography buffs the sort of large sensors, quality lenses, and high-performance optical zooms that are all too often unavailable on phones. For as powerful as both cameras sounded, they were kind of a hard sell, targeting neither the prosumer camera enthusiast nor the mobile hot-shot for whom traveling light and sparse is key. As such, we’ve been curious to learn what the future might hold for this line (assuming there was any). Today a new rumor claims not just that another lens-style camera is coming from Sony, but that it will make some significant improvements over the initial models.
Sadly, we only get one detail, but it’s a big one: word of a 30x optical zoom. Right now, the QX10 offers a 10x zoom, while the higher-end QX100 has an even lower 3.6x zoom.
So far, we’re only hearing about a single new QX model, so it’s unclear where it might fall between those two previous entries when it comes to the rest of the camera’s specs: would its sensor be closer to the 1/2.3-inch component on the QX10, or the larger 1.0-inch sensor on the QX100? And correspondingly, are we talking about a QX10-style price in the $200s, or might it go for closer to $500 like the QX100?
While nothing’s certain, another IFA launch could make a lot of sense, so we might get to the truth here within the next couple months.