Sony’s about to strap an Alpha lens to your smartphone

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Sony’s Smart Lenses were a delightful surprise at last year’s IFA trade show in Berlin. The idea of transforming a smartphone into a capable camera by strapping a high-quality lens and sensor to it was immediately appealing, however Sony’s execution with the actual hardware and software was less thrilling. Now the company is trying again, it seems, though with a slight rethinking of the concept.

Sony Alpha Rumors has the first images of a purported QX1 smartphone accessory. It’s said to be splitting up the image sensor from the lens, making it possible to attach any one of Sony’s growing range of E-mount lenses that are used on its Alpha series of mirrorless cameras. Previously known under the NEX brand, those APS-C shooters are among…

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