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Sony Announces 2 New QX Smartphone Camera Attachments

by Jacob Kleinman | September 3, 2014September 3, 2014 6:30 pm PST

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Last year Sony introduced an entirely new product category at IFA with a duo of Cyber-shot cameras that snap right onto your smartphone. Now the Japanese tech giant is back with two more lens-shaped shooters that could bring your mobile photography game to even greater heights. Say hello to the QX30 and QX1.

Sony QX1 with Interchangeable Lens

As rumored, the QX1 lets you combine Sony’s lineup of E-mount lenses to your smartphone with help from a special adaptor, though it also offers a few built-in features of its own. The new lens-style camera packs a 20.1-megapixel shooter, built-in flash and a special sensor that lets you shoot landscape pictures or defocus the background for a “bokeh” effect. The QX1 won’t be available until later this year in November when it launches for $399.99, though you’ll probably end up paying more if you want to load up on E-mount lenses as well.

QX30 with 30x Optical Zoom

At $349.99 the QX30 is slightly cheaper than its brother. It still offers some impressive tricks though, especially if you’re trying to snap a high-quality photo of your subject from far away. The new smartphone attachment offers an insanely powerful 30x optical zoom so you can zoom to your hearts content without ending up with a pixelated mess. The QX30 also offers a 21.1-megapixel sensor and SteadyShot for quick image stabilization. It launches in October from Sony and approved third-party retailers.

We’re looking forward to trying out Sony’s latest lens-style cameras for ourselves, though both models seem a bit too expensive to appeal to more casual smartphone photographers. If you’re already an avid photographer, the QX1 could be a nice addition to your E-mount collection for those days when you don’t feel like carrying around the extra weight of a camera, while the QX30 might just be enticing enough to be a hit with the general public.

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...