Sony’s latest lens-style camera leaks, reveals multi-lens support


One year ago, back at IFA 2013, Sony introduced two unusual smartphone accessories, a pair of relatively high-end cameras that attached to existing handsets (or even tablets), giving them the sort of large lenses and optical zoom capabilities normally reserved for stand-alone dedicated cameras: its QX10 and QX100 Cyber-shot lens-style cameras. The big, bulky add-ons clearly weren’t for everyone, but we were still intrigued to see Sony innovating in a space like this; love them or hate them, there just weren’t any other products quite like these out on the market. This year, we’ve been hearing rumors about a possible follow-up, including one with an even more extreme optical zoom, and now as we get ready for IFA announcements to really kick-off, reliable details about the new lens-style camera has finally leaked, and it’s not quite what we were expecting.

Rather than a new Cyber-shot QX model with a big 30x zoom, we instead see this QX1 with an even more powerful twist: support for interchangeable lenses.

Now that we stop and think about it, that really does seem like the next logical step in making a smartphone feel more like a professional camera, giving it the ability to work with dozens of lenses. In this case, Sony has built the QX1 to work with its E-mount lenses, also supported by camcorders and some of its higher-end mirrorless cameras.

Unfortunately, we don’t have full technical details just yet, but some speculation has pointed to the QX1 getting a 24MP sensor. It may sell for close to 300 EUR alone, or 450 EUR bundled with a Sony 16-50mm zoom lens. Chances are, we’ll get full details at Sony’s IFA event tomorrow.


Source: Sony Alpha Rumors
Via: Xperia Blog

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