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Sony announces QX1 and QX30 attachable camera lenses

Sony's latest attachable camera lenses, the QX1 and QX30, were announced earlier today. Here's what you need to know!
September 3, 2014
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Sony always brings a lot of goodies to tech shows, and this year’s IFA is no different! Along with the announcement of its latest flagship, the Sony Xperia Z3, the Xperia Z3 Compact, the Z3 Tablet Compact, a new game controller mount, the Smartband Talk, and the Sony Smartwatch 3, which we were pleasantly surprised to find out runs Andoid Wear, we also have two new attachable camera lenses. The naming convention is going to get a bit confusing, but the follow up to the QX10 and the QX100 attachable camera lenses, that were launched at IFA 2013, was announced at Sony’s event earlier today, called the QX1 and the QX30. Let’s take a look!

The QX30 is an updated version of the QX10, and comes with a Sony G Zoom lens that covers a focal range of 24 mm – 720 mm, along with a maximum aperture of f/3.5-6.3. You get a 20.4-megapixel, 1/2.3-inch Exmor R CMOS sensor with the Bionz X processor that offers a 12,800 top ISO, 10 fps burst shooting, and Full HD video recording at 60fps. As the name suggests, the QX30 is also capable of 30X optical zoom, that can be extended to 60X, using Sony’s ClearImage Zoom. The replaceable battery can keep you going for 200 shots or 45 minutes of HD video. 

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Sony’s QX1 is definitely the best of the bunch, and comes with interchangeable lens mount and a large 20.1-megapixel APS-C sensor, essentially resulting in DSLR-like image quality. The QX1 comes with an E-mount, which means you can mount a 16 mm-50 mm power zoom lens, or an 18 mm-20 mm telephoto lens, for example. With the right adapter, you can connect some A-mount lenses as well.  You get a 16,000 top ISO, Full HD video recording at 30 fps, advanced shooting modes, and support for RAW captures. The QX1 also comes with a pop-up flash,  and a large battery that lets you capture 440 shots, or 150 minutes of video, on a single charge.

 The QX30 will be available next month for $350, while the QX1 is expected in stores in November for $399, or for $450 with a standard 16 mm-50 mm power zoom lens. 

Sony is the only company that offers camera accessories of this type, but even with the competition being only with itself, Sony has really upped the ante with the QX30 and QX10. What do you think of Sony’s latest attachable camera lenses? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!