Sony QX1 and QX30 camera modules for smart phone officially announced

Sony officially announced the QX1 and QX30 camera modules for smart phone. The price of the QX1 is $398, the QX30 is $348. Sample images can be found here.

  • ILCE-QX1 with large APS-C size Exmor™ sensor, BIONZ X™ processor, advanced camera features; works with E-mount / A-mount[i] interchangeable lenses
  • ILCE-QX1 ships with free angle shooting kit as standard, perfect for selfies and low/high angle shooting
  • DSC-QX30 with 30x optical zoom and Optical SteadyShot technology
  • Easy smartphone control with new PlayMemories Mobile app version 5.0
  • Two new color options for DSC-QX10

Additional details:

Sony’s latest lens-style cameras give you the best of both words, uniting the spontaneity and easy sharing of your smartphone with the imaging power and creative options of a premium camera.

Simply connect the camera to your smartphone via Wi-Fi. One-touch connection speeds by NFC for all lens-style cameras is faster than previously experienced, thanks to firmware upgrades for the QX100 and QX10 cameras[i]and improvements to the PlayMemories Mobile app. If you’re an Xperia[ii] phone user, hook-up times are quicker still!

It’s easy to control each lens-style camera with the latest release of Sony’s free PlayMemories Mobile app version 5.0 for Android and iOS smartphones. A new user interface simplifies the photography experience and makes one-handed operation a lot easier. Framing shots on your phone is more intuitive thanks to on-screen gridlines that now feature in the app. GPS adds location information to images that’s transferred to your smartphone while shooting[iii]. The camera shutter can now fire from the touchscreen; and with photographs automatically transferred to your phone you can share those memories instantly.


The ILCE-QX1 lets serious photographers make use of their precious E-mount lens collection. Just pick your favourite lens – zoom, wide angle, tele or macro – and unleash your artistry with control over exposure, focus and shooting modes.

The camera’s APS-C size Exmor CMOS sensor with 20.1-megapixels grabs huge amounts of flawless detail, just like you’d expect from a much bigger camera. It’s teamed with Sony’s advanced BIONZ X processor that now features improved area-specific noise reduction. You’ll relish the difference with stunning low-noise images, even if you’re shooting in near-darkness when small sensors struggle.

That big sensor inside the QX1 also lets you create pro-style ‘bokeh’ effects with creamy background blur – a trick that smartphones can’t match.

Serious snappers and casual users alike are spoiled with a wealth of other premium features. Superior Auto recognizes dozens of different scenes – like landscapes or backlit portraits – adjusting camera settings for top-quality results without fuss. For those photographers who enjoy post-production editing, the QX1 can now shoot RAW image files and in a lens-style camera first, the QX1 debuts a pop-up flash to brighten up portraits, gloomy interiors and night scenes.

The LCS-QXA Case and Strap Kit adds a touch of luxury with its tough brown leather-look finish. The QX1 is protected snuggly, with a choice of shoulder strap or belt-mounting options while you’re out and about.


Smartphone owners know that high-zoom shots are a headache, often resulting in grainy images and camera-shake when you’re trying to get the big picture. The compact DSC-QX30 keeps things crisp and clear with its powerful 30x optical zoom lens, aided by Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation that helps eliminate blurring.

Users can smoothly zoom from a wide angle 24mm shot to a huge 720mm[iv] equivalent length at the telephoto end, for frame-filling full-length close-ups of somebody standing 40m away. If you want to go bigger still, Clear Image Zoom blows things up to a massive 60x magnification without sacrificing pixel count.

Awesome zoom power is matched by Lock-on AF and speedy continuous shooting at up to 10fps, letting you capture fast-moving action with a crisply-focused burst of split-second images. It’s a movie magician, too, shooting fabulous Full HD video at a smooth 60p frame rate at the touch of a button[v].

Both new lens-style cameras are compatible with Sony’s wearable RM-LVR1[vi] and RM-LVR2V[vii] Live View Remote controls[viii]. These wrist-mount controllers let you check images and select shots from up to five connected cameras simultaneously – great for ambitious multi-angle recordings.

New colours for DSC-QX10

Meanwhile the QX10 gains two on-trend new colour variations to coordinate with today’s smartphones. As well as black and white, it’s now also available in eye-grabbing pink and copper finishes to add a splash of funky colour to your shooting.


While Sony’s lens-style cameras make great tools for flexible shooting, the optional ADP-FSK1 dramatically expands your choice of shooting style. Shipping as standard with the ILCE-QX1 and available as an optional accessory for all other QX models, this Free Angle Shooting Kit includes a tilt adaptor and a grip, allowing you to shoot from low or high angles or take effortless selfies.

The QX1 and QX30 lens-style cameras and new colour variations of QX10 are available to pre-order now from QX30 and QX10 colour variants will be generally available in Europe from Mid-September 2014. QX1 will be generally available in Europe in October 2014.

Technical specifications:

Image Sensor Sensor Type APS-C type Exmor CMOS sensor 1/2.3 type Exmor R CMOS sensor
Number of  Pixel [Effective] 20.1M  [Gross] 20.4M [Effective] 20.4M  [Gross] 21.1M
Lens Lens Type Sony E-mount Lens Sony G LensF3.5(W)-6.3(T)  f=24-720mm[ix]
Optical Zoom - 30x
Clear Image / Digital Zoom Clear Image Zoom Up to 2x Clear Image Zoom Up to 60x
Camera Function Imaging Processor BIONZ X BIONZ X
SteadyShot -  (image stabilization supported on lens) Optical
Focus Mode AF-S/Manual Focus/Touch AF / Lock-on AF AF-S / Touch AF / Lock on AF
Focus Area Contrast AF Multi Point AF
Light Metering Mode Multi Pattern Multi Pattern
Exposure Control Yes Yes
ISO Sensitivity Auto, ISO 100-16000 Auto(ISO 80-12800[x]), ISO 80-3200
White Balance Mode Auto / Daylight /Shade /Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluor(Warm White) / Fluor(Cool White) / Fluor(Day White) / Fluor(Daylight) / C.Temp / Flash Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Incandescent/ Fluor(Cool White) / Fluor(Day White) / Fluor(Daylight)
Shooting Mode Superior Auto / Intelligent Auto / Movie Mode/ P mode / A mode / S mode Superior Auto / Intelligent Auto / Movie Mode/ P mode / A mode / S mode
Drive Modes Single shooting / Continuous shooting / Speed priority continuous shooting / Self-timer(10 sec. delay / 2 sec. delay) Single shooting / Continuous shooting/Self-timer(10 sec. delay / 2 sec. delay)
Flash Built-in flash (GN4 in meters at ISO 100) -
Recording Compatible Recording Media Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (Mark2), microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (Mark2), microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC
Recording Format Still image JPEG/RAW+JPEG JPEG
Movie MP4 16M(1920x1080 30p) MP4 28M(1920x1080 60p) / 16M(1920x1080 30p)
Interface Input and Output Terminal Multi/Micro USB Terminal (USB2.0) Multi/Micro USB Terminal (USB2.0)
Wi-Fi Yes Yes
NFC Yes (One touch remote) Yes (One touch remote)
Power Battery System NP-FW50 NP-BN
USB Charge / USB Power Supply USB Charge Only Yes (shooting, playback)[xi]
Still images (CIPA standard) Approx. 440 Shots Approx. 200 shots
Movies (Continuous / CIPA standard) Approx. 150 min Approx. 45 min
Others Dimensions WxHxD(without Smartphone Attachment) 74.0 x 69.5 x 52.5 mm 68.4 x 65.1 x 57.6 mm
Weight (without Smartphone Attachment) 216g (Battery and Memory Stick Micro included) 193g (Battery and Memory Stick Micro included)
Multi Camera Control Yes Yes
Supplied Accessories NP-FW50 battery/ Smartphone Attachment /Micro USB cable / Wrist Strap / Quick Start Guide NP-BN battery, Smartphone Attachment /Micro USB cable / Wrist Strap / Quick Start Guide

[i] Requires LA-EA4 adaptor for A-mount lenses
[i] DSC-QX100, DSC-QX10
[ii] To check compatibility of Xperia phones, please visit
[iii] Location info is not tagged in the images stored in the camera
[iv] 35mm equivalent (aspect ratio 4:3)
[v] A memory card must be inserted into the camera for movie shooting, continuous shooting, and some other shooting modes
[vi] Software version 2.0 or later
[vii] Supplied with HDR-AZ1VR, HDR-AZ1VB and HDR-AZ1VW
[viii] These accessories are optional extras
[ix] 35mm equivalent (aspect ratio 4:3)
[x] Achieved by using overlay burst shooting
[xi] AC Adaptor AC-UD10 not supplied

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