As if all the leaks ahead of its IFA 2013 press event were not enough, Sony appears to have gotten ahead of itself and temporarily posted information including a press release about its upcoming QX100 and QX10 “lens-style cameras” on one of its websites. Featuring a lens-style shape, these cameras work together with a connected smartphone to combine the benefit of more advanced lenses and cameras with the controls and software found on your smartphone.
Once connected, the Sony PlayMemories Mobile application will turn the smartphone display into a large viewfinder. It will also offer controls to release the shutter, start/stop movie recordings, and adjust common photographic settings like shooting mode, zoom, Auto Focus area and more. A mechanically adjustable adapter will allow you to attach the camera to the smartphone but it can be as easily held separately or mounted on a tripod while maintaining connectivity to the smartphone. Images captured will be saved on both the camera and smartphone.
The video below gives you a good idea of how these will work:
The Cyber-shot QX100 camera will come with a 1.0 inch, 20.2 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor, a wide-aperture Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens with 3.6x optical zoom and a dedicated control ring for camera-like adjustment of manual focus and zoom.
The cheaper Cyber-shot QX10 will come with an 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor, 10x optical zoom Sony G Lens and optical image stabilization. It will weigh less than 114 grams. It will come in both black and white.
The Sony Cyber-Shot QX100 and QX10 are expected to launch later this month for US$500 and US$250 respectively.
Source : SonyAlphaRumors