Leaked User Manual Reveals Features of Sony's Upcoming iPhone-Compatible Camera Lenses
New details regarding Sony’s anticipated Bluetooth camera lens accessories, which will be able to use Apple’s iOS devices as viewfinders have been revealed through a leaked product manual, including an integrated microphone and hardware shutter button. Sony Alpha Rumors published part of the manual, revealing that Sony apparently plans to release two models: a high-end DSC-QX100, alongside a more basic model dubbed DSC-QX10. Both products will offer the same functionality but feature different quality lenses.
The QX100 is revealed to have the same internal components as the RX100m2 camera, including 20.2 megapixel Exmor R sensor and f/1.8 Carl Zeiss lens. The manual says it will include focus ring control, while weighing 179 grams. The QX10 will have a lower end 18-megapixel CMOS sensor, and an f/3.3-5.9 lens, the same found in the Sony WX150 point-and-shoot camera which will weigh 105 grams. The prices for the accessories remain unknown but the RX100MIII sensor and Zeiss lens sell for $600 on Amazon while the WX150 camera is available for $400.
Aside from the different lenses and inclusion of ring control on the QX100, both lenses will sport many of the same features including a microphone, display panel for showing battery charge or lack of SD card, a hook f or a belt and a tripod mount. Both end up including a zoom level, dedicated shutter button and multifunctional jack. The lenses are expected to offer compatibility with both Apple’s iOS and devices running Google Android. Instead of mounting to the existing camera on an iPhone like current accessories do, the Sony lenses will be their own separate cameras that will connect wirelessly to an iOS device, allowing the Apple product to serve as the viewfinder for the higher-quality lens.
The anticipated products ended up being revealed in leaked promotional photos earlier this week. As of right now, Sony is expected to officially announce the products at a media event schedule for September 4.
Source: Sony Alpha Rumors