Sony has just introduced two new attachable lenses designed to work with smartphone cameras, the Sony cybershot DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100. The units look very similar to a small DSLR lens that features a large sensor, optical zoom, HD video recording and Carl Zeiss lens. The QX10 and QX100 work with both Android and iOS phones.

Sony’s new lenses just clip onto a phone while communicating through WiFi or NFC. Both lenses can also be used unmounted to the phone as a portable type of “accessory camera”. To mount the device each unit features a spring-loaded holder which supports the iPhone and various Android devices like the Sony Xperia Z and Galaxy S4.

sony qx100

(image courtesy of Sony)

The QX10 has an 18.9-megapixel camera with a 1/2.3″ (7.76mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor. The QX100 has 20.9-megapixels with 1-inch (13.2×8.8mm) Exmor R CMOS, 3.6x optical zoom, F1.8-4.9, and 10.4-37.1mm. Both units have their own battery power and removable storage.

These cool little cameras don’t come cheap. The QX10 will be sold for about $248 and will be offered in both white and black color options. The higher-end QX100, it will retail for $498 and be offered in the same white and black colors. The Sony cybershot QX100 and QX10 will both ship on September 25th at various retailers around the US.

(image courtesy of Sony)


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