Sony's Brings Alpha Series Tech to Smartphone Lens Camera

It seems Sony now has no close competitor when it comes to smartphone lens camera.  The company announced an addition of two more models to its QX line-up, both boasting some amazing features.

The ILCE- QX1 is a Sony E-mount module featuring the same technology that you find in Sony’s compact mirrorless Alpha cameras. It has a 20.4MP APS-C CMOS sensor and support for the entire range of Sony E-mount lenses.

It comes with all the usual features that you expect from a mid range mirrorless SLR camera – manual controls, RAW shooting, built-in flash and the ability to change lenses.

The only difference here is that you will be using your smartphone display as a viewfinder to control all settings.  Having E-mount on this little gadget also allow you to use Alpha lens via an adapter.

It also features Sony’s BIONZ X image processor, built-in Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, NFC, PlayMemories camera apps, AVCHD 1080p video recording at 30 fps. The ISO range is supported from 100 to 16000 which is quite respectable.

Despite a large APS-C sized sensor the ILCE-QX1 is not very hefty. It weight 158 grams for the body only and 216 grams with battery and media. You can take up to 440 shots with a fully charged battery.


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Comparing to Sony's predecessor model, QX 10, the ILCE-QX1 has been thoroughly improved by Sony in every every way.

The QX30, on the other hand, takes a little different approach and is equipped with high performing fixed lens with 30x Optical zoom and 60x Clear Image Zoom. There is also Optical SteadyShot and Lock-on Auto Focus for capturing images of moving subjects.

It features the same 20.4MP resolution but comes with significantly smaller 1/2.3” Exmor R BSI-CMOS sensor that is commonly seen in Sony CyberShot digital cameras.

The ILCE-QX1 and QX30 are both available for pre-order and will ship by next month The ILCE-QX1 is listed at $398 and the smaller less capable QX30 carries a price tag of $348. The QX1 will also be available with a Kit 16-50mm Power Zoom lens for those of you who do not own Sony E-mount lens.

Check out the price and pre-order today at!

Sony's Brings Alpha Series Tech to Smartphone Lens Camera Reviewed by Brandon on 9/07/2014 Rating: 5

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