As we get closer to the start of IFA 2013, the rumor mill for what will be displayed at the Berlin show are starting to heat up.
Sony’s rumored "lens cameras" are the latest to leak, with new photos of the supposed accessories finding their way to Sony Alpha Rumors. According to the report, the lenses will essentially transform any iOS or Android phone or tablet into a point-and-shoot snapper.
We first heard about these mountable lenses last month, but these latest images give more credence to the original reports.
With these new peripherals, Sony may finally be able to help amateur photographers close the distance on the image quality of a DSLR with a smartphone or tablet.
There will supposedly be two different lenses offered, with the bigger DSC-QX100 retaining the beastly power of the Sony RX100 II camera.
A DSC-QX10 is also believed to be on the way, and with its 1/2.3-inch 18 megapixel CMOS sensor (with 10x zoom), this lens has a bit more in common with the Sony WX150.
Both lenses can attach magnetically to either an Android or iOS device, and feature a built-in sensor, Bionz processor, Wi-Fi/NFC wireless connection and SD card slot.
Through that Wi-Fi or NFC connection, you can control the lens directly from your mobile device of choice, and snap high-quality images without the need for a larger, separate camera.
Sony’s new lenses offer a bit more flexibility, though without a firm release date or price, it remains to be seen just what type of value the QX10 and QX100 will really have.
With Sony set to hock its wares at IFA in a few short weeks, we shouldn’t have to wait long to find out.