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Sony announces new lens-style cameras and a smaller Action Cam

By Marcus Wong - on 5 Sep 2014, 11:45am

Sony announces new Lens-style cameras and a smaller Action Cam

Sony has just expanded its Lens-style camera lineup with two new models – the high quality ILCE-QX1, and the versatile DSC-QX30.

The ILCE-QX1 promises superior images thanks to a 20.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor and the ability to take lenses from sony’s E-mount and A-mount (via the LA-EA4 adapter). Simply pick your favourite lens, grab your smartphone, and start snapping away.

Bokeh effects galore thanks to the QX1’s big sensor, and the inclusion of Sony’s BIONZ X processor means you now have improved noise reduction and greater high ISO capabilities for shooting in low light where smaller sensors struggle. What’s more, the QX1 debuts a pop-up flash for more creative control, and even shoots to RAW, allowing you even more control over your images in post production.

Meanwhile, if you don’t wish to carry additional lenses with you (or simply don’t have E-mount or A-mount lenses to begin with), look to the DSC-QX30 with its 20.1 megapixel 1/ 2.3 type Exmore R CMOS sensor.

A powerful 30X optical zoom lens matched with Optical SteadyShot image stabilization that ensures you get the shot without fear of camera shake. Zoom smoothly from a wide angle shot at 24mm to a close-up on something 40m away at 720mm (both 35mm equivalents). All the while retaining the option to double this reach without compromising quality, thanks to Sony’s Clear Image Zoom technology, which blows things up to 60x magnification without sacrificing pixel count.

Add to that the accuracy of Lock-on AF and the speedy continous shooting of up to 10fps, and you have a handy portable camera for capturing fast-moving action. And it does movies up to Full HD (1920x1080 60p)! All at the touch of a button.

Both cameras can be controlled via your smartphone via the PlayMemories Mobile app (free for iOS and Android users) which has recently been updated to version 5.0. A new user interface simplifies the photography experience and makes one-handed operation easier, while GPS adds location information to pictures that you transfer over to your smartphone while shooting. Fire the shutter from you touchscreen, and have the images automatically transferred to your phone for easy sharing.

Both the ILCE-QX1 and the DSC-QX30 will be available at all major Sony retailers by October 2014. Pricing to be announced.

Adventure sports enthusiasts now have another must-have accessory to pack – Sony’s new Action Cam Mini HDR-AZ1! At just 2/3’s the size and weight of existing models (63g vs 83g of the HDR-AS20), the HDR-AZ1 is Sony’s smallest Action Cam yet, and it now comes with a wrist-mounted Live-View Remote, the RM-LVR2V.

Get eye-popping Full HD pictures with thanks to the HDR-AZ1‘s 170o wide-angle Zeiss Tessar f/2.8 lens, and pair that with crisp stereo sound at 50mbps in XAVC S plus the HDR-AZ1’s IPX4 equivalent splash-proof design, and you have a recipe for incredible point-of-view footage wherever, whenever.

View shots, control and adjust settings, and playback or delete clips from your wrist thanks to the RM-LVR2V, that allows you to control up to five cameras for a dramatic multi POV video. The RM-LVR2V will also log GPS data that’s transferrable to the camera while you’re on the go.

The Action Cam Mini HDR-AZ1 will be available at all major Sony retailers by November 2014. Pricing to be announced.

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