In a somewhat unexpectedly rapid timeline, the Sony QX10 and QX100 Lens Cameras for smartphones, which we saw leak again a few days ago, have silently been put up for pre-order on Amazon in the United States. Alongside both the cameras are also some carrying cases up for order, as well as the new AS30V action camera and the AX1 4K camcorder.
The Sony QX10 model is priced at $249.99, as expected, with Amazon presently offering a whopping $1.99 USD discount. The higher-end Sony QX100 is also priced as expected at $499.99, with the same $1.99 discount in place. Both are listed with a shipping date of September 27, and both are available in both black and white varieties.
The Sony QX cameras are unlike other cameras the company offers, being designed to attach to a smartphone for higher-end photography in a mobile setup. As such, photographers don't need to carry around a full-sized digital camera, and can take advantage of their smartphone's connectivity and apps for instant sharing of photographs and cloud back up, among other things.
The Sony DSC-QX10 Lens Camera offers zoom up to 10x, with connectivity coming in the form of both WiFi and NFC. The minimum focal length is 4.45 and the maximum is 44.5, with the entire assembly weighing a tad under 10 ounces and measuring in at 4.5 x 4.5 x 4 inches. As we saw in leaks, the camera can be used as a standalone camera as well, not requiring a smartphone for functionality. This version uses a Sony G lens with optical image stabilization and an 18-megapixel sensor.
The Sony DSC-QX100 Lens Camera, meanwhile, is being advertised as an attachment for turning one's smartphone into a "DSLR-like quality camera." As with the other model, the QX100 has both WiFi and NFC connectivity, independent shooting from the smartphone, and optical zoom (though only to 3.6x). The camera uses a 1-inch sensor, so low-light performance should be as claimed. This model uses a back-lit 20-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor and Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens.
SOURCE: Sony Alpha Rumors