Sony has just unveiled its second generation of iPhone-compatible lens cameras that allow users to capture DSLR-quality images.
First up, the pictured QX30 offers 30x optical zoom while boasting a 20.4-megapixel image processor. It also uses Wi-Fi and NFC to connect to devices. A micro SD card allows images to be stored on the camera and transferred over to an iPhone when needed.
Along with images, the lens can even capture 60fps HD video in low-light situations. It will retail for $349.99.
The QX1 is a bit different. While offering a 20.1-megapixel sensor and a built-in flash, an E-mount will allow users to swap out a number of Sony-compatible lenses. That system will cost $399.99 and come without a lens.
Both can be preordered now from Amazon.com and will be available to ship in October.
I got the chance to take a hands-on look at the QX10 and came away mostly impressed. While I thought the image quality was great, the app had a number of bugs and needed some more work.
The two new models do sound interesting, especially the QX1 and its swappable lenses. I’m looking forward to trying them both out and see if Sony has been able to improve the overall experience.
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