Sony has announced today at IFA 2014 two new models of the company’s unique lens-style cameras that they originally introduced during last year’s IFA.
The DSC-QX30 and DSC-QX1, like their predecessors, are lens-style cameras that are capable of capturing high quality, high resolution pictures without the bulk and inconvenience of handling a DSLR camera. These lens-style cameras, which can be easily mounted behind your smartphone, utilize their built-in Wi-Fi connectivity to connect to your smartphone and transform it into the camera’s viewfinder and controller using Sony’s latest PlayMemories Mobile application.
The new PlayMemories Mobile application now pairs your lens-style camera and smartphone faster than before and features a new and updated user-friendly interface as well as the ability to add gridlines to your display and a mirror mode for taking self-portraits. Additionally, the new app can also be activated by compatible devices via NFC.
The DSC-QX30 is similar to last year’s QX lens-style camera models but now features a 30x optical zoom lens. The lens itself is a 24-720mm F3.5-F6.3 zoom lens coupled with a 20-megapixel 1/2.3-inch BSI-CMOS sensor and Bionz X image processor. The QX30 also features a lock-on AF, a continuous shooting speed of up to 10fps, and 1080p60fps video recording. Additionally, it also features Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to minimize camera shake and Clear Image Zoom for up to 60x digital magnification.
The second lens-style camera Sony unveiled today, the QX1, is unique in that it isn’t a fixed lens-style camera like its predecessors but is an interchangeable lens-style camera that supports Sony’s range of E-mount lenses. It features a 20.1-megapixel APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor coupled with the company’s advanced BIONZ X image processor. It also comes with a slew of DLSR features such as Supeior Auto, RAW image shooting, and a pop-up flash.
The Sony DSC-Q30 will be available at Sony retail stores and other authorized retailers this September for an estimated price of $350 while the DSC-Q10 will be available in November at an estimated price of $400.