Sony has recently been spending their time focusing on creating the ultimate phone accessory: a detachable camera lens that can turn any iOS or Android device into a pseudo DSLR camera. Not only will this give ordinary smartphones a photographic edge over specially designed camera smartphones (such as the Nokia Lumia 1020), but will also give the Japanese manufacturer an edge over other companies that have developed similar, but less targeted hardware.
The two lens models (seen above) have been subject to a curious leak prior to the expected launch date at IFA 2013. The labeled schematic and descriptions from the manual show that both models will come with power (1) and reset buttons (11), as well as a built-in microphone (2), shutter (9) and ring control (6), display panel (3), zoom lever (8), multinational jack (10), and status indicator (7). A belt clip (4) and tripod attachment (5) are also present. The rechargeable lenses come in a larger, heavier version (DSC-QX100 weighing in at 179g) and a smaller and lighter version (DSC-QX10 at 105g). While nothing is confirmed yet, this latest glance at an easier way to improve smartphone photography has already sparked our interest, and we will keep you up to date on more developments from Sony.
The 'R' refers to the rose colored tint that many smartphones seem to filter out. Users can now restore the images to what they see normally w/o additional software required.
Great minds think alike I guess.