Sony Alpha QX1 & Cyber-shot DSC-QX30 Announced, Specs, Price

Sony has announced two new lens-style cameras: Sony Alpha QX1 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30. With an interchangeable lens model and an APS-C size Exmor CMOS sensor with 20.1-megapixels, the QX1 allows you to use an E-mount lens with your smartphone, so the QX1 can literally turn your smartphone into a mirrorless camera. The Sony QX30 features a 20.4-megapixel 1/2.3″-type sensor and a longer 24-720mm equivalent optical zoom with OIS.

Sony ILCE-QX1 Mirrorless Lens-Style Digital Camera

Sony Alpha QX1 and Cyber-shot DSC-QX30 Price and Availability

Sony Alpha QX1 Price: $398.00

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30 Price: $348.00

Sony QX1 will be in stock in November, while Sony QX30 will be in stock in September. Now you can pre-order both of them on Amazon, B&H, Adorama, or ebay.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30 Lens-Style Digital Camera


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30 Sony Alpha QX1
MSRP $350 $400
Body type
Body type Compact
Body material Composite
Max resolution 5184 x 3888 5456 x 3632
Other resolutions 5456 x 3064, 3872 x 2576, 3872 x 2176, 2736 x 1824, 2736 x 1536
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 4:3, 3:2
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 21 megapixels 20 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm) APS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Processor Bionz X
Color space sRGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
ISO Auto, 80-3200 Auto, 100 – 16000
White balance presets 6 10
Custom white balance No
Image stabilization Optical No
Uncompressed format No RAW
JPEG quality levels Normal
File format
  • JPEG (DCF, EXIF compliant)
  • JPEG (DCF v2.0, EXIF v2.3)
  • Raw (Sony ARW 2.3)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24–720 mm
Optical zoom 30×
Maximum aperture F3.5 – F6.3
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp No
Digital zoom No (2X) Yes (2X Clear Image Zoom)
Manual focus No Yes
Normal focus range 5 cm (1.97″)
Number of focus points 25
Lens mount Sony E (NEX)
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD No
Touch screen Yes (via smartphone)
Screen type Depends on connected smartphone
Live view Yes (via smartphone)
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 4 sec 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600 sec 1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Superior Auto
  • iAuto
  • Program AE
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Movie
  • iAuto
  • Superior Auto
  • Program AE
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
Built-in flash No Yes
Flash range 4.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash No
Flash modes None Off, auto, fill, slow sync, rear sync
Flash X sync speed 1/160 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Speed priority continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive 10 fps 4 fps
Self-timer Yes (2, 10 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
Exposure compensation ±2 (at 1/3 EV steps) ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p) 1920 x 1080 (30p)
Format MPEG-4
Microphone Stereo
Speaker None
Storage types microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, Memory Stick Micro
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description NP-BN, NP-BN1 NP-FW50
Battery Life (CIPA) 200 440
Weight (inc. batteries) 193 g (0.43 lb / 6.81 oz) 216 g (0.48 lb / 7.62 oz)
Dimensions 68 x 65 x 58 mm (2.68 x 2.56 x 2.28″) 74 x 70 x 53 mm (2.91 x 2.76 x 2.09″)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None

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