Early last month we reported on the rumors that Sony was going to release a lens camera kit that can be attached to smartphones which enhances its picture taking capabilities. These are the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 lenses which comes with a few extra features such as Wi-Fi, NFC, and a microSD card slot just to name a few.
Sony is expected to unveil these lenses next week at IFA in Berlin and we just got news that the company plans to call these lenses as Smart Shot. The term is actually a play on two words; the Smart comes from smartphones while Shot comes from cyber-shot. These Smart Shot lenses are compatible with Android and iOS devices.
The DSC-QX10 model uses a 1/2,3 inch 18 megapixel CMOS sensor and f/3,3-5.9 lens which is the same one used by the Sony WX150 camera. The Sony WX150 costs $400 if bought at Amazon. The QX10 is reportedly going to cost $250 when released.
The DSC-QX100 model on the other hand uses the same sensor as that of Sony DSC-RX100M II camera which is priced at $748 over at Amazon. The QX100 will be priced at $250.
Attaching these Smart Shot lenses on a smartphone will improve its photo and video recording capability. Videos can be recorded in HD 1080p resolution at 30 fps in MP4 format. It’s possible to record videos with low noise even in dark places.
Captured photos are immediately saved in the smartphone as well as in the memory of the lens. This makes it easy for consumers to access the photos on different smartphones.
The upcoming Smart Lens models offer the consumer various settings to take high quality photos. The zoom, exposure, white balance, and focus controls can easily be adjusted using the smartphone.
We will be updating readers as soon as Sony makes the official announcement at IFA Berlin on these Smart Lenses.