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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.