Leaked Manual Offers a Closer Glimpse at How Sony’s ‘Lens Cameras’ Will Work


Earlier this week, we got a close look at how Sony’s upcoming “lens cameras” will look, thanks to a set of leaked press photos, and now we have a better idea of how they’ll work, thanks to some leaked owner’s manual pages.

Here’s the set of manual illustrations published by sonyalpharumors:


The top lens is the Sony DSC-QX10, a lens camera with a 20.2MP sensor. The bottom one is the Sony DSC-QX100, which has a smaller 18MP sensor and a 10x optical zoom.

(1) shows the power button on the lens cameras. You’ll need to power them on independently of the smartphone you use them with. When you turn it on the small light found at (7) lights up. Green indicates that it’s on, orange shows it’s charging, and red indicates video recording. While video recording (2) is the microphone that picks up sound.

(3) shows a small display panel that will tell you whether there’s a memory card inserted and what the current charge level is in the lens camera batteries.

(8) is the zoom lever that controls the focal length, and (6) is a separate ring control found on the QX100.

When you’re ready to snap a photo, you press the shutter button found at (9). That’s right: these Sony lens cameras come with their own shutter button.

(4) and (5) are a belt hook and tripod mount, respectively. (10) is a multi-functional jack, and (11) is what you press when you’d like to reset your lens camera.


SAR reports that these QX lens cameras will officially be announced at a press event on September 4th, 2013. We’ll have more coverage then.

  • Bill

    I guess, in theory, you could attach these to an iPad or other tablet and use it as a field camera – minus lens swing, of course. Pretty cool if you ask me.

  • Leonardo Abreu

    I don’t know… Good Idea I guess, but weird at the same time.

  • Osama Sidat

    The idea is pretty awesome, in my opinion. Would be pretty neat if it can actually shoot without a connection to the phone, i.e., shooting blindly.

  • JoeNoName

    you can, iOS and Android support

  • bogorad

    I hope ‘multi-functional jack’ has flash sync!

  • Anonymous

    Minor correction: the top lens (QX10) is the small-sensor, 18mp, long-zoom ‘lens.’ The bottom one (QX100) is the 20mp RX100 sensor/lens. Cheers.

  • Genkakuzai

    Still think this is awesome. Especially using the very good 1″ sensor from the RX100II.

  • Mark Wheadon

    I have to admit I’d decided not to refresh my compact camera — I always end up wishing I’d used the SLR, but this might just tempt me back into the compact-buying fold.