Sony add-on lets you turn your tablet into a pro camera

Sony SPA-TA1 tablet camera attachment (Sony Japan)

Sony SPA-TA1 tablet camera attachment (Sony Japan)


, Last Updated: 1:55 PM ET

Sony is launching a new attachment for its lens cameras that will let users clip them to their tablets as well as their smartphones.

Sony's $250 US DSC-QX10 and pro-level $500 DSC-QX100 can be used independently -- thanks to Bluetooth or NFC -- with the smartphone serving as a remote viewfinder and shutter release, or the cameras can be attached to the handsets via a clamp-like attachment. But now Sony is about to launch a new adapter that will allow users to attach the cameras to their tablets -- whether 7-inch, 8-inch or 10-inch.

For the moment, it looks like the $36 attachment will only be coming to Japan when it launches on April 4, but there's a good chance that Sony will also be launching it in other territories.

However taking photos in public with a tablet is not seen as an acceptable practice by everyone.

Criticism of this trend reached a peak during Barack Obama's reelection campaign in 2012. Because of hordes of people attempting to snap the president with tablets the mass of devices was blocking the view for professional photographers.