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Oppo shows plugin cameras for smartphones



Sony’s new attachable lens cameras are an interesting product, making the camera cheaper by taking away the controller and display and replacing it with the mobile.

The Sony Lens, essentially half a camera, will connect through Bluetooth, WiFi or NFC to the smartphone, allowing the user to take the photo with the camera and automatically have it stored on the smartphone. Oppo, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer, has its own ideas on plugin cameras, with a recent teaser on Chinese social platform Weibo showing a plugin camera that could attach to a smartphone.

We are not sure if Oppo will reveal these plugin cameras at the Oppo N1 event on September 23. It does seem likely with the recent teaser, but the camera revealed looks less like a product more like a first prototype. With a little refining Oppo may be able to bring these lens cameras to consumers for a cheaper price than Sony Lens. They will come in two forms, one with an X10 zoom and the other with X15 zoom, both will have 16MP CMOS Sony sensors with OIS.

Attachable lens cameras are still questionable, Oppo and Sony are both betting on someone in the world who would want a happy medium, who is unhappy with the currently camera quality on their smartphone but unhappy with currently DSLR prices. This medium, in our view, does not exist. Photographers want the highest quality shot and DSLR cameras are becoming better at taking that and uploading it to a smartphone or laptop and average users are happy with the 8/13/20/41MP camera on their own phone.


Sony QX100 smartphone lens accessory to cost $450



Sony recently revealed two new “Sony Lens” accessories for the smartphone, the QX100 and QX10. The accessory acts as a camera for the smartphone, with the lens connecting to the smartphone through WiFi or Bluetooth.

Normal cameras take photos, store on the device, then the user can send the photo the phone for editing. With the Sony Lens, it will connect to the smartphone before taking a photo and then the user can take a photo from the smartphone and edit on the phone.

Prices for the Sony Lens’ were not revealed but now we have two decent price points for the camera lenses. The QX100 will cost $493 and the QX10 will cost $226 in the US. We are not sure how this will translate into other currencies, Sony has not been the best when it comes to fair exchange.

The QX100 seems like a good deal for those who want an accessory to take amazing photos. The lens will come with a 20.2MP camera, f/1.8 aperture, 3.6 optical zoom and a zoom ring. This would be the perfect buy for someone who wants to be mobile with an amazing camera.

For the photographer who just wants a nice snap shot, the QX10 will still do an incredibly good job, with an 18MP CMOS sensor, f/3.5 aperture and optical zoom, it looks like a good deal for less than the average point and shoot.

The full package looks like the Sony Xperia Z1, that will come with a 20.2MP camera, f/2.4 aperture, optical zoom and G Lens all bundled nicely into the smartphone. All three of these products will be shown off at IFA 2013, on September 4.