Sony lens cameras back on center stage with new QX30 and QX1

September 3, 2014
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Aside from producing smartphones, Japanese OEM Sony once upon a time also were pretty famous for their digital cameras. Now they’re merging the two once again as they announced the “rebirth” of their lens camera by introducing two new models: the QX30 and the E-mount QX1. The two can work on their own as high-powered cameras or they can be attached to your smartphone or tablet to give it a much needed megapixel boost.

The QX30 has a 1/2.3" (7.82mm) Exmor R CMOS 21.1 megapixel sensor which on its own is already pretty great. It has a focal length of 4.3-129mm and 30x optical zoom as well as a F3.5 (W) - 6.3 (T). The Sony G 11-element lens works with a BIONZ X image processor and you can store your photos on a micro-SD (slot has up to 64gb capability). You’ll be able to enjoy this lens camera’s high-powered abilities by shooting continuous photos up to 10 frames per second or full 1080p HD video at 60 fps.

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Meanwhile the QX1, whose photos were leaked the day before the actual announcement, is a 20.1MP with APS-C size Exmor CMOS sensor and also works with the BIONZ x image processor. The difference between this and the QX30 is that you can replace the lens with a-mount system lenses (needing a Mount Adapter of course) and Sony’s own E-mount lenses as well. This means you can play around with your zoom, wide-angle and portrait options depending on what lens you use, as you would in an SLR and DSLR camera.

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The two lens cameras can work with your device with the Sony PlayMemories mobile app version 5.0, using NFC or Bluetooth connectivity. The QX30 retails for around $350 and will be available through Sony and authorized dealers by this month while the QX1 will cost you around $400 and will be in stores by November this year.

VIA: SlashGear


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