The Sony QX10 and QX100 mountable camera systems for smartphones were met with less than stellar reviews. In theory, being able to attach a high-end Sony camera system to the back of your phone for taking pictures on the go is a great idea. But it didn’t quite work out as planned. Sony isn’t ready to give up just yet, however, as the company has announced two new camera systems today.
Improving on last years all-on-one system, the QX30 is a zoom lens system that again straps to the back of and connects to your smartphone. The QX30 features a 30x optical zoom, 21-megapixel sensor and uses F-stop values between 3.5 and 6.3. We’ll have to wait and see how image quality turns out, but we’re honestly not expecting a whole lot. The QX30 will be available October 5 for $350.
The QX1 is the slightly more interesting of the two camera accessories to be announced today. For $400, set to be released October 15, the QX1 is a lens mount with a 21-megapixel sensor and flash. Instead of using a built-in lens, you can use any Sony E lens, or with an adapter, any Sony A lens. It connects to your smartphone in the same way the QX30 does, again, it just uses Sony’s higher-end lenses. $400 seems like a good deal, but at that price, you don’t get any lenses. If you already have some Sony lenses or a cheap way to score some, the QX10 might be a serious replacement for more serious cameras available from the company.