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Meet Sony’s QX Series Smart Lens

By Jules Ebe on September 4th 2013


Sony boldly goes where no one has been crazy enough to go before.

Sony’s QX Smart Lens attaches an entire camera to your smartphone.

It operates like a camera inside the lens, not only placing the sensor within the lens casing, but allowing you to mount it to a smartphone – yes, a smartphone – and work it as you would a point and shoot. You can still use, edit, and share the images as you would normally.

The QX series comes in two models. A beefier QX100, which will retail for $499 and boasts 20-megapixels, a 1-inch sensor, Carl Zeiss optics, ISO 6400 limit, and BIONZ image processing. The lower priced QX10 $250 will zoom to 10x, but replaces features with a smaller 1/2.3-inch sensor and Sony G Lens. Wi-Fi and NFC tech will transfer images from the camera lens directly to your smartphone via a Sony app.



Hands-on Review – Sony QX100 and QX10

For the Gear Heads

For full tech specs on the two different lenses currently offered, click here.

Sample Images:




If you are interested, you can preorder before the September 27 release date. Click here for the Sony DSC-QX100 or the Sony DCS-QX10/Black | Sony DCS-QX10 White

What do you think of the new lens series by Sony? Hype or innovation?

Until Next Time . . .

Stay Inspired ~ Jules

[via Verge, Sony]


is a Southern California based Conceptual Artist and Photographer. Her work has been featured in several print publications and selections can be seen in local gallery exhibitions. Connect with her on Facebook and Google+.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Mike

    A flawed idea in my opinion. I have an iphone 5 and an RX100. If I want to travel light, I take my phone which has a decent camera. If I’m going somewhere where image quality is important, I take the RX100. The lens cams are not small enough to take with me all the time, and not a significant advantage over just taking my RX100. If the lens cam was half the size of the QX10 with the image quality of the QX100 I would be interested, until then I’ll stick with my separate camera and phone.

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  2. John Shaver

    This really is one crazy idea that seems pretty badass for certain scenarios.

    A better option than the Galaxy S4 Zoom? $500 is pretty expensive though.

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  3. Miya

    Awesome!!! Can’t wait to buy it!!

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