Sony reportedly to unveil new camera lens for smartphones

The electronics giant is cooking up a smartphone lens attachment with its own sensor, battery, and memory, claims blog site SonyAlpha.

Sony may launch a smartphone lens attachment with the same specs found on its RX100 II camera.
Sony may launch a smartphone lens attachment with the same specs found on its RX100 II camera. Lori Grunin/CNET

An innovative new lens for your smartphone could soon pop up from the folks at Sony.

Citing "two trusted sources," blog site SonyAlpha served up a photo and details on the alleged new lens. The lens would come with a built-in sensor, battery, and memory, so it could mount onto a smartphone or be used on its own. It would send photos to your smartphone or tablet through Wi-Fi or NFC where you would preview the live images.

Due to be released soon, the lens would supposedly employ the same sensor and Zeiss lens found on Sony's DSC-RX100M II digital camera . The RX100M II is equipped with a 20.2-megapixel Exmor R sensor and a 3.6x lens. A second lens with a smaller sensor and larger zoom could follow up.

Though this bit of news falls into the rumor stage, SonyAlpha seems sure of its authenticity, giving it a grade of SR5 (almost certainly correct) on its rumor scale.

(Via The Verge)

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