The new Sony e-mount based QX1 will get all of the headlines, but Sony also announced another addition to their QX lineup, the new QX30. It builds on the same ideas as the original QX10 and QX100, but in this version, the powerzoom lens has a 30x optical zoom.

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The QX30 fits nicely into the current QX lineup right between the QX10 and QX100 with a 25-75mm equivalent lens in front of a 1/23-in 20.4 megapixel sensor. Basically, other than the new 25-75mm equivalent lens (30x optical zoom), the new QX30 is identical to the QX10 and QX100.

Sony QX30 Specs

  • 1/2.3” (7.82mm) 20.4 Megapixel sensor
  • ISO 80-12800
  • 1/6000-4 second shutter speed
  • 10fps continuous shooting mode
  • Sony G lens, 11 elements in 10 groups
  • 25-75mm focal range
  • f3.5-6.3 maximum aperture
  • 5-200cm minimum focusing distance
  • NFC and Wi-Fi connectivity

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The new QX30 will come in at just $348, keeping it in line with the rest of the QX models, positioning it below most DSLR cameras, while offering better image quality than most point and shoots or smart phones.

You can now pre-order the QX30 over on B&H, shipping is expected towards the end of September.

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What are your thoughts on this new QX30 camera/lens? Do you see this as a nice addition to Sony’s current QX lineup? Leave a comment below!