Sony Lens G Camera Attachment Kit to Take the Fight to DSLR Territory

August 14, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Sony’s smartphones are considered the best, and quite often feature the best cameras. Recently, we have been hearing a lot about Sony’s plans to introduce a clip-on lens for its new mobile phone models.

In case you aren’t aware, the clip-on lenses are external interchangeable lenses that aim at improving the photography features in a smartphone.

One such device has now leaked in the form of images and it is called the Lens G camera kit. According to Sony Alpha Rumors, the camera kit is designed to work with both Android and iOS devices.

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We hear Sony will be releasing two new Lens G models, named the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100. The leaked images feature the lens safely clipped to one of the Sony’s handset, the Honami flagship smartphone. The handset is expected to release at IFA this September.

Reports suggest that the QX-10 is the smaller one of the two and will be more affordable. While the second one, the DSC-QX1000 is bigger and more expensive too. The bigger one is supposedly made for larger smartphones as well as tablet devices. Also it will have a larger 20.2 megapixel Exmor RS sensor with ZEISS lens.

As we mentioned, these are not just ordinary lenses. They feature a built-in sensor, Bionz processor, WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC capabilities. In addition to all these, the Lens G also packs an SD card slot.

Customers are allowed to control the lenses via a smartphone or a wireless connection such as Wi-Fi and NFC.

Well, the Lens G devices from Sony will surely make the battle tough for smartphone cameras. Reportedly, these 20 megapixel camera devices will be paired with an accompanying app from Sony and would attach to mobilephones using a magnet.

However, these Lens G cameras will be a game changer in smartphone photography arena. With Lens G cameras, you won’t need to depend on the small image sensor you get to see in present day smartphones. They are also expected to offer one-inch sensors similar to those used on Micro Four Thirds cameras.

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Right now, DSLRs are the only devices meant to take high quality photos. But the introduction of Lens G devices would turn typical smartphone devices into better camera gadgets, so that they can compete against DLSRs .

However, these lenses are not something entirely new. They already exist in their traditional form in Sony cameras and are priced between $400 and $600. Although Sony has not revealed the exact price rate for these devices when they become part of smartphones, the addition of Bluetooth and processors could push up the price.

There’s no expected release date for the Lens G devices, but the devices are expected to be shown off at IFA in early September along with Sony’s upcoming Honami handset.

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