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More Sony DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 details leak

DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10

More information about the Sony DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 lenses have been posted by a commenter called PhoneArenaUser on PhoneArena. These lenses are interchangeable ones that may be attached on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. They will allow for better camera controls and improved image quality that could possibly rival more powerful cameras.

DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10
DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10

PhoneArenaUser confirms some of the details provided by the leaked manual on Mac Rumors, and adds a few more. The Sony DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 lenses will feature a power button, a microphone, a display panel that shows whether or not the card is inserted, as well as how much battery juice is available. There is also a belt hook, tripod, zoom lever, shutter button, multifunctional jack, and a reset button. Green, orange, and red lights indicate that the power is on, the battery is charging, or video is being captured. The DSC-QX100 also sports a ring control.

In terms of dimensions, the Sony DSC-QX100 will purportedly measure 62,5 mm × 62,5 mm × 55,5 mm. On the other hand, the Sony DSC-QX10 will be slightly smaller, measuring 62,4 mm × 61,8 mm × 33,3 mm. The weight of the lenses, which includes the battery pack NP-BN, and a Memory Stick Micro are 179 g for the DSC-QX100 and 105 g for the DSC-QX10. Both interchangeable lenses will have a rechargeable battery pack NP-BN, 3,6 and consume 1.1 W of power during shooting.

Lastly, the commenter notes that the DSC-QX100 has the sensor and Zeiss lens of the RX100MII camera, which retail for $600 on Amazon. The less expensive model, the DSC-QX10 as the Sony WX150 camera’s 1/2,3 inch 18 megapixel CMOS sensor and f/3,3-5.9 lens, which have a price of $400 on Amazon.

Alleged photos showing the products have been leaked a while back. The photos show rather large camera lenses mounted on the rear plate of smartphones. They supposedly attach to mobile devices using a magnet.

Sony will possibly announce the DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 during a media event on September 4th, alongside the Honami i1 smartphone. Are you excited about these new mobile device accessories?

via phonearena

Sony launching mountable smartphone lens with built in Wi-Fi, NFC

Sony Smartphone Lens

Sony Smartphone Lens

Sony is believed to be working on a new mountable smartphone camera lens which apparently packs its own imaging sensor and the entire set of connectivity options like Wi-Fi, NFC. The rumor generates from a site called Sony Alpha Rumors, which ranks it highly among rumors with an S5 rating which is considered – “almost certainly correct!” It is also believed to feature a separate battery and a memory module, thus making it a standalone device rather than a mountable accessory.

The site has also posted a rather blurry image of the lens next to an Xperia smartphone. It seems like this sensor will be an exclusive to Xperia smartphones, as it is almost impossible to make an accessory fit snug with every device. Expect this new lens to be announced sometime during the IFA event in September.

Smartphones like the Xperia Z and the Xperia Z Ultra both feature similar design on the back, so it goes without saying that the lens will be compatible with them. Perhaps Sony can launch an adapter like accessory for other smartphones so that people with non Xperia smartphones can make use of the lens.

Source: Sony Alpha Rumors

Via: Pocket Lint

Apple Push Towards A Swappable Lens System for iPhone

Apple is eyeing a patent that would enable users to change the camera lens of the iPhone. The company has already sent a patent application for a swappable lens system on the iPhone’s rear casing.  The idea isn’t exactly new since there’s already add-on camera lenses made by third party companies, such as [easyazon-link asin=”B005JTDFOA” locale=”us”]Olloclip[/easyazon-link], that already serves this function.  But it’s certainly encouraging that Apple is still looking for ways to improve its product.

This undoubtedly signals a change in the iPhone’s design, which has remained more or less the same since the first iPhone came out. In the past, Apple’s design for the iPhone had been fully sealed, which effectively ruled out any tampering with the lens. Camera photography aficionados, however, had been able to work around this restriction by adding special lenses on top of the iPhone lens.

Now, however, Apple’s move will surely uncover new possibilities in iPhone photography, which has also been called iPhoneography by avid fans. For instance, users interested in close-up photography can use a specially-built macro lens built on a rear cover. Later, if they wish to engage in taking shots with a telephoto zoom lens, they can simply take out the macro lens cover and change it with a telephoto zoom one. Meanwhile, those who are happy with the built-in lens need not buy new rear covers with special lenses.

The same lens-swapping mechanism is present on today’s DSLR cameras, which allow users to create various kinds of effects with different lenses. Unlike DSLR camera lenses, however, which protrude and are quite heavy to lug around, the iPhone lenses will be flat and lightweight.

In addition to the interchangeable lens system, Apple is also likely to introduce features such as image stabilization or a better flash. This development is congruent with the decision of other handset manufacturers to make phones better alternatives to regular cameras as the former are increasingly taking the place of the latter. This same trend is being taken advantage of by companies such as Sony, Nokia, and HTC.

If Steve Jobs were alive today, he would have probably nodded at this fresh addition, since the Apple founder was himself a photography enthusiast. Last year, before his death, he had been in talks in an effort to enhance the mobile device’s camera.

via CNET

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