Official specifications of Sony’s new high-end lens-based smartphone-compatible cameras have been revealed in a press release that was accidentally leaked (via SonyAlphaRumors) ahead of tomorrow's unveiling.
As expected there are two different fully functional lens cameras that are designed to work in conjunction with a smartphone using a Wi-Fi connection and the newly introduced Sony PlayMemories app.
When connected to a smartphone via the app, the camera turns the phone into a real-time viewfinder that is able to release the shutter, start/stop movie recordings, and adjust photographic settings.
Merging the creative power of a premium compact camera with the convenience and connectivity of today’s smartphones, Sony today introduced two “lens-style” QX series cameras that bring new levels of fun and creativity to the mobile photography experience.
The innovative Cyber-shot™ QX100 and QX10 models utilize Wi-Fi® connectivity to instantly transform a connected smartphone into a versatile, powerful photographic tool, allowing it to shoot high-quality images and full HD videos to rival a premium compact camera. It’s an entirely new and different way for consumers to capture and share memories with friends and family.
The press release contains full specs for the cameras, which include the higher-end DSC QX100 and the lower-end DSC QX10. While the QX100 supports manual use, the QX10 does not.
Sony's QX100 comes equipped with a 20-megapixel camera and an f/1.8–4.9 aperture, the QX10 has 18-megapixels and an f/3.3–5.9 aperture. The QX100 uses a Carl Zeiss lens with a 10.4 to 37.1mm focal length for better low light performance, while the QX10 features a standard Sony G lens with a 4.45 to 44.5mm focal length.
Both lenses attach to smartphones with a mechanically adjustable adapter, but they will maintain a smartphone connection even when held in a hand separately or mounted to a tripod. They also work as completely independent cameras, with both featuring a shutter release button, a memory card slot, and a rechargeable battery.
The QX100 and QX10 will be available later this month from the Sony website and will be priced at $500 and $250, respectively.