News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday September 03, 2013.
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Sony is tomorrow expected to announce the QX10 and QX100, the independent lens-style camera that lacks a traditional camera body but has NFC and Wi-Fi pairing with iOS or Android devices. There's no need to wait because everything you could want to know about the device has already leaked. Sony Alpha Rumors, which first reported on the existence of the Android or iOS-connected lens camera, has obtained full press photos, video, and press release of the device. Here's what we now know about the cameras.
The Sony QX10 and QX100 are camera lenses that have built in components to take photos. Sony calls this "lens-style" cameras. Both devices use Wi-Fi and NFC to establish a link to an iPhone or Android device. The phone can then be used as a viewfinder, making it easier to have the camera reach difficult spots or provide a live view of what kind of photo the camera can take. The phone also has controls for taking photos, adjusting settings, and recording video.
Photos taken with the cameras are then immediately saved to both the camera's storage and the phone. Users can then edit the photo in other apps or share it online. The concept is the same as the Sony NEX-5T camera announced last week, only the QX10 and QX100 have only lenses rather than the full camera body of the NEX series. Sony also plans to sell accessories that can attach the QX lenses to an Xperia Z phone and provide a big upgrade to the camera.
As for the camera capabilities of each lens, both are obviously very good. The QX-10 has an 18.9-megapixel camera with a 1/2.3" (7.76mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor. The camera supports 10X optical zoom, F3.3-5.9 aperture, and f4.45-44.5mm focal length. The QX 100 has 20.9-megapixels with 1-inch (13.2x8.8mm) Exmor R CMOS, 3.6x optical zoom, F1.8-4.9, and 10.4-37.1mm. The 100 model will also support manual focus and touch focus, while the 10 offers only touch focus as an option.
Sony must believe that the QX series will appeal a unique crowd of buyers because it has priced both lens-style cameras at a premium. The QX10 will cost $250 and the QX100 will cost $500 when both go on sale at Sony stores later this month.
Sony QX 100
Sony QX 100
Sony QX 100
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