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IFA 2013: Sony makes QX10 and QX100 clip-on cameras for smartphones a reality

Sony has been taking to the stage at the IFA event in Berlin today to announce its new Android smartphones and a brand new set of accessories that aims to turn most mobile smartphones into a high-end DSLR camera.

Sony has announced the new QX10 and QX100 ‘lens cameras’ which act as an add-on attachment for Sony and other brand smartphones, bringing a professional level of photography to almost any smartphone, with the phone acting as the image processor.

Last week leaked images and details of the now official attachments were seen online and these have now been backed up and made official by Sony. The firm will be releasing two ‘lens cameras’ , the QX10 and QX100, both of which will use Bluetooth connectivity to connect to smartphones and relay the high resolution images which they capture.

The QX100 has a 3.6x optical zoom, 20.2-megapixel sensor and an aperture ranging from f/1.8 to f/4.9. Meanwhile, the QX10 offers 10x optical zoom, an 18.2-megapixel sensor and aperture from f/3.3 to f/5.9.

Both lenses have Wi-Fi connectivity, Carl Zeiss zoom glass, a rechargeable battery, a microUSB port for charging and a micro SD card slot which can also accommodate Sony’s own Memory Stick Micro cards. They’re effectively a miniature DSLR which will use your smartphone as both a viewfinder and image processor, as well as the ultimate editing and sharing tool whilst on the move.

The lenses will go on sale in Europe from the end of September priced at €199 for the QX100 and €449 for the larger QX10.

Sony has also made official its mega smartphone, the Sony Xperia Z1, which comes with a built in 20.7MP camera, 5- inch full HD display and Live Facebook streaming.