At Sony?s press launch of its concept for an APS-C format interchangeable lens compact camera we noticed that Masashi Imamura, Sony’s President of Personal Imaging and Sound Business Group, simply snapped the lens on and off the camera?s body, with no twisting. Closer inspection of the dummy camera reveals that the lens throat is completely smooth, with no bayonet. However, there looks to be a lens-release button. This leads us to speculate that the mount may be magnetic, which would make the mounting and removal of lenses very easy and less daunting for the novice users that Sony is aiming the new camera towards.
As yet Sony representatives have been unable to confirm whether the simple lens mount will be a feature of the new camera, or if it is merely a concept.