A full set of 24 images, posted on Photo Rumours, reveals how the lenses — which will, apparently, turn any Android or iOS phone into a high-quality point-and-shoot — attach to phones, as well as contextualising their size. As a reminder of what the rumour mill has already claimed:
The DSC-QX10 and the DSC-QX100 — as they’re claimed to be be called — look like camera lenses, but they’ll actually be full-on cameras packing sensors, a Bionz processor, Wi-Fi and NFC wireless capabilities, and even an SD card slot. What they’ll be missing, however, is an LCD display and controls, but that’s where your Android or iOS smartphone will supposedly step in, providing a large touch screen for settings and previews.
Indeed, these images show two mounting possibilities: one that clips onto a normal smartphone, and another which uses a special case on the phone to attach the lens. Rumour has it that the QX10 will cost $US250 and feature a 1/2.3-inch 18-megapixel sensor paired with an f/3.3-5.9 lens, while the QX100 will cost $US450. The extra cash will, if you believe the rumblings, net you a 1-inch 20.2-megapixel Exmor R sensor and a f/1.8-4.9 Carl Zeiss lens though.
Certainly, these images suggest that the items are easy to slip on and off your phone, and look fairly pocketable too. It’s expected that Sony will formally announce the new lenses at an event it’s holding tomorrow — so there’s not too long to wait before we find out for sure. [Photo Rumours via Cult of Mac via The Verge]