Leaked: Sony’s Next Smartphone ‘Lens Camera’ Will Let You Swap E-Mount Lenses


You get a leak! And you get a leak! Everybody gets a leak!

It looks like somebody (or a few people) in the know at Sony were feeling very generous this morning because we woke up to not one, but two separate sources of leaked photos showing a very exciting new product from Sony: the next QX, smartphone-mounted ‘lens camera.’

And it’s exciting because, in this case, the term ‘lens camera’ doesn’t really work anymore. This isn’t a whole camera contained in a lens… it’s more of a smartphone-attachable E-Mount that will let you swap out lenses!


That’s right, according to photos and info obtained by both Sony Alpha Rumors and Xperia Blog, the upcoming Sony ILCE-QX1 puts Sony’s entire E-Mount lens lineup at your smartphone’s disposal.

Instead of coming with glass built in, the pictures and leaked info indicate that this particular QX camera will basically just be a smartphone-attachable E-Mount that sports the same 24MP APS-C sensor with super-fast AF found in the a6000. Here are a few of the MANY images obtained by SAR (click here to see the entire gallery):







Of course, none of this is confirmed, but this would essentially leave the previous QX cameras in the dust and open up a world of possibility to those burgeoning photographers who just can’t put down the smartphone.

According to Sony Alpha rumors, the official announcement is scheduled for tomorrow, with the mount itself (would we call this body-only?) slated cost 300 EUR (~$395 USD), or 450 EUR (~$590 USD) in a kit with a 16-50mm lens.

  • Donald Wright

    This is still a concept which on the surface wins in the “wow…cool” factor, but in reality it fails. It’s a gimmic that falls between two markets… The mainstream market that uses a mobile phone for their photography and the DSLR or Mirrorless market which want inter-changeable lens. And I don’t think the mobile phone users want to carry around this “big” lens and the DSLR or Mirrorless market want to settle on a non-dedicated camera.

  • denoleyn

    I think it kinda wins beginner’s mirrorless market, especially for those who are new to photography, if it can use all mirrorless camera lenses. It is obvious that this is a cheaper solution to try mirrorless capabilities with less to carry around. Also when you want to upgrade to a proper mirrorless camera, you can still use already owned lenses. Assuming it has the capabilities to do so. This might be the cheapest solution to start photography with SLR like controls.

  • Bill Binns

    I’m shocked that they sold enough of the original model to merit a second version. I have never seen one of these things in the wild. I wonder if this on also has non-adjustable ISO.

  • Donald Wright

    Except from what I read, it isn’t much or any cheaper than entry DSLR or mirrorless cameras.
    (edit) especially if you include the price of the smartphone

  • bogorad

    If only it was sufficiently fast! However the very fast overall a6000 manages to crumble when used via wi-fi, so I don’t see how this would be any different. Still, it’s a great concealed camera for street photography (combined with the ‘pancake’ Sony 20mm F/2.8).

  • Sir Stewart Wallace

    Wait, did anybody purchase the first generation of this? I like their tenacity, but I’m still not going to buy one.

  • JoeNoName

    you should be even more shocked that other companies have copied this concept and made their own versions.

  • JoeNoName

    Im gonna adapt my LAEA-3 with Amount lenses and see that beast roar.

    This would be great for street photography while being discrete keeping my high quality pictures, something I might purchase in a far future, worth the shot. And remember kiddos, E mount is also FullFrame compatible :O

  • Cinekpol

    That + 70-400mm :D hahaha

  • David Liang

    omg that hilarious…I have the la-ea4, I almost want to buy this as a joke.

  • Leonardo Abreu

    So gimmic.

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  • MJ Coffey

    300€ without a lens? Makes me wanna buy an EOS M + 18-55mm for 249€ instead.

    Oh Sony.. no wonder why you’re almost broke.

  • Luis Rubim

    Oh yeah gimmick….where has anyone seen an interchangeable lens camera with 3G/4G connectivity,
    remote screen/viewfinder, can shoot around corners. NO WHERE! I wonder
    who could use this…I dunno….lets say war photojournalists who need
    communications on the spot. From a dust proof and weatherproof device
    (Sony Z series phone). I dunno just a few thoughts on that “gimmick”.

  • Luis Rubim

    And Sony is only broke in fanboys confabulations. Canon has no innovation capabilities whatsoever. The Canon M is the most mediocre Compact System Camera ever.

  • Luis Rubim

    interchangeable lens camera with 3G/4G connectivity,
    remote screen/viewfinder, can shoot around corners. And make phonecalls. Sounds like a great piece of kit for lets say war photojournalists who need
    communications on the spot. All from a lightweight, dust proof and weatherproof device
    (Sony Z series phone). I dunno just a few thoughts on that “gimmick”. So many people can’t see beyond their own thumb at arms length…

  • kassim

    For me, this thing goes beyond smartphones photography and selfie. Imagine APSC sensor + large back LCD + true connectivity + programmability.. this could be it.

  • Donald Wright

    How many war photojournalists are there? And I’m sorry, but if I’m in a war zone, I won’t be wasting my cell phone battery to take pictures… I’ll take a full camera with a tilt screen (to “see around corners”) + my dedicated cell phone any day.

  • Luis Rubim

    Many more than you think. And who says war photojournalists says any
    conflict situation or even simply travel photographers/writers who want
    to travel light, shoot high quality images and upload them straight
    away. I worked as a local news photographer I would definately give this
    a try. It would give me the edge over others, to be able to upload on
    the spot news worthy images to my agency or newspaper.

    most photojournalists in situations of conflict travel with more than
    one phone. And I can also assure you that in a conflict situation your
    camera’s tilt screen would not be a match to a lens module that can come
    detached from the body while you can still use the body to see what you
    are shooting and control the camera. Way safer.

    It’s all about the workflow of the modern age. Wake up!

  • Donald Wright

    Whatever… You are still describing an extremely small portion of the market it seems to fit in. Not worth arguing. I think it’s a gimmick and will be a failure. You think it’s great. Time will tell.

  • Luis Rubim

    Why would you include the price of a smartphone in the equation? Smartphones nowadays are a given, everyone has one. You just made the silliest “con” point in this discussion. This is pretty much aimed at users who already own a smartphone. Not to mention if you don’t own one (which only an alien nowadays doesn’t) mobile providers/carriers also have price plans that make them very affordable to own too.

    As for price of the unit $400 without lens $600 with lens for something that actually does a good few things more that you don’t get at entry level DSLR point,( web connectivity, editing software, virtually unrestrained freedom of movement, remote shooting, etc), is very well worth considering, not to mention that it also has the Sony A6000 sensor, apparently AF system too and shoots RAW.

  • Luis Rubim

    Yup, working pros are definitely not worth considering and should be discarded. That’s exactly what Nikon and Canon think when they design those high end SLRs for them. “they are an extremely small portion of the market these cameras seem to fit in.Not worth it” :D :D :D