Sony introduced two smartphone-mountable camera lenses at IFA in Berlin along with a series of other new products. The QX30 comes with a whopping 30-times optical zoom, and the QX1 that allows users to insert any E-Mount compatible lens and connect and control it from their smartphone. Also Read - WhatsApp is soon to change the way your data is backed up: What it means?
First up, the QX30, priced at $349.99 boasts a 30-times optical zoom. It captures 20.4-megapixel images with a BIONZ X image processor. It includes Wi-Fi and near-field communications for connection to compatible devices.
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The Sony QX1, priced at $400, is a follow-up to last year’s QX10 and QX100 camera lenses. It comes with a 20-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor and a pop-up flash. The talking point here is Sony’s inclusion of interchangable E-Mount into QX1 which lets owners swap out lenses on a smartphone sensor mount base. This means you can use a variety of wide-angle or telescopic lenses on your smartphone with the help of this mount. The camera pairs with your phone with a direct Wi-Fi connection, and using Sony’s PlayMemories app, you can convert your smartphone into a viewfinder.
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Both the lenses come with microSD card slots to allow photos to be stored on the camera and viewed and transferred to a connected smartphone as desired. The devices also have batteries, tripod mounts, and dedicated hardware shutter buttons. They also attach to an expandable clamp accessory that allows the lenses to be securely fastened to a smartphone.
The QX30 is scheduled to begin shipping in October, while the QX1 will launch in November.