Sony has held a neato event this week, giving journos not fortunate enough to head overseas in Germany the opportunity to play with products heading to stores later this year, and wow, some of them were awesome.
First up, we took a look at Sony’s answer to the evolution of digital cameras, whereby the company is removing the body from the camera body and making it all about the lens.
Sony’s QX concept is to put all the necessary mechanics inside a section that looks just like a lens, complete with the sensor, zoom motor, image processing, storage slot, and the technology needed to connect it to another device.
That other connecting device will act as the viewfinder, similar to what the company tried to do in its GoPro competitor, the Sony ActionCam. Working with the QX, your smartphone or tablet will connect to the lens-modelled camera over wireless and act as an electronic viewfinder, with the controls working through the touchscreen, saving an image to both the storage in the camera and in the phone.
While these QX models are a new concept, the early hands-on revealed a reasonably mature concept, with a camera-in-a-lens that could not only be attached to phones not made by Sony – an iPhone, for instance – but also be used while holding it up.
That last one is quite exciting, and means that if you’re at a concert or sporting event, you could essentially hold these small lenses up and control what you’re seeing using a smartphone.
It’s an intriguing concept, that’s for sure, and with the QX cameras saving a big file to the microSD inside the lens and a smaller image to your smartphone, it will be easy enough to share online quickly.
Also, the QX cameras will be usable without the smartphone, with both a zoom trigger and shutter button on the bodies, in case you’re happy relying on the camera without seeing what exactly you’re looking at.
Pricing has yet to be confirmed for the range, but specs have been, with the QX10 being the lower model of the two, featuring an 18.2 megapixel sensor, 10x optical (25-250mm), and ISO 100-3200, while the QX100 will feature a 20 megapixel sensor, 3.6x optical (28-100mm), and support for ISO160-6400.
Compatibility will be there for iOS and Android, with availability slated for October this year.
Next up is the sequel to Sony’s HMZ-T1 headset, now called the T3 which, given the number on the end, is actually the third generation of this technology.