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Sony’s QX1 System Looks To Bring Interchangeable Lenses To Your Phone

by Brandon Russell | September 2, 2014September 2, 2014 6:00 pm PST

Sony will apparently unveil a more advanced lens camera system for your smartphone. According to Xperia Blog, the company is expected to unveil the next evolution of its QX lineup, which currently includes the QX10 and QX100 fixed lenses—both are essentially fully functional cameras that attach to smartphones through Wi-Fi or NFC.

Sony’s new system will apparently include a new mounting module that will allow users to switch between different E-mount lenses, giving consumers an experience akin to a DSLR. There are a lot of E-mount lenses, too, from as low as $129 all the way up to $1,199. Last year’s system was unique in that it could work autonomously from your smartphone, though the purpose of using your device is to actually frame your shot.

With the more advanced system, however, comes a more expensive price. A separate report from Sony Alpha Rumors points to the body of the system, which will apparently include an APC-S sensor, as being $400, with a 16-50mm lens costing $600. That’s pretty pricey, but cool technology comes at a cost, I suppose.

Still, if you were ever interested in sony’s QX system before, it’s about to take a step up in quality. But Sony already offers a ton of great standalone cameras for cheaper (or equally priced) than this rumored new system, and it seems like a lot of work to keep track of all the moving parts (mount, sensor, and lenses) in addition to your smartphone.

Sony is rumored to unveil quite a bit of stuff at this year’s IFA, so we’ll have to see if this new system breaks cover there.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...