Sony has unveiled a set of smart lens connected camera accessories at the IFA today. The lower-end QX10 costs $250, while the bulkier QX100 is aimed at enthusiasts and will be available for $450.
Both the QX100 and the QX10 will connect to your Android or iOS device or tablet through Wi-Fi, or NFC, if your device comes with it. The device that the accessory is connected to will act as the viewfinder, and you can choose image settings and focusing options. Images will be transferred via Wi-Fi to Sony’s PlayMemories app. Slots for microSD and Memory Stick storage cards are also included on both accessories. Both cameras come with shutter toggles and zoom controls, which essentially means that they can be used as standalone shooters.
The BIONZ imaging engine included in both accessories lets you shoot at high ISO levels, with the QX100 up to ISO 25600 and the QX10 up to ISO 12800. Image stabilization is handed by a utility called Optical SteadyShot.
The QX100 is essentially a Cybershot RX100M2 camera without the viewfinder. In the QX100, Sony has included the same BIONZ image processing engine along with the 1-inch sensor. The 20.2 megapixel offering comes with an Exmor R CMOS sensor and Carl Zeiss optics. The QX100 will cost $499.
The QX10 features 10x digital zoom, and comes with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. The 18.2 megapixel accessory includes the same Exmor R CMOS sensor, but features Sony’s G Lens optics instead. The QX10 will be available for $249.
Both accessories will be launched in a few weeks’ time.