About a month back we came across a rumor discussing a possible follow-up to some of last year’s weirder smartphone accessories, the Sony Cyber-shot “lens-style cameras” that affixed to existing smartphones to give them high-quality image sensors, big lenses, and optical zoom capabilities. The QX10 and QX100 models we have now give us a 10x zoom and 3.6x zoom, respectively, but word was that this year’s edition would bump that figure up to something like 30x zoom. Now we’ve got some new evidence that might just support that idea.
A new listing at the South Korean National Radio Research Agency reveals a Sony “digital still camera” of model DSC-QX30. Assuming Sony is sticking with the QX designation for this new lens-style camera, that “30” could well be a reference to the camera’s 30x zoom lens.
At least, that’s one possibility. Remember, we don’t yet know exactly where that first rumor of the 30x zoom originated, so it’s possible that rather than this model number reinforcing that rumor, it could instead be the source behind it. That needn’t make it any less valid, but that also means that this wouldn’t really be any kind of corroboration, even circumstantial.
Last year’s lineup premiered at IFA, so if this QX30 is really happening, we could see it make its debut in just a little over another month.