SonySmartLensThanks to Jim Shubin (the Book Alchemist) for this link to Photojojo’s post on Sony Smart Lenses, “pro-quality lenses that are also full-fledged cameras! These first-of-their-kind lens cameras use your smartphone as a viewfinder, settings panel and shutter release.”

Photojojo says:

We are now accepting pre-orders for a late October ship date. A very limited supply of Smart Lenses are due to arrive the week of 10/15. We will not charge you until your order has shipped.

The QX10 and QX100 Smart Lenses are rewriting the books. They’re the first ever ‘lens cameras’ that have their very own camera bits inside.

You control them with your phone, and the images upload directly to your camera roll as you shoot.

How? Your phone acts as a live viewfinder, it sees what the lens sees. The QX lenses create their very own Wi-Fi signal (you don’t need to be near an internet connection) to connect to your Android, iPhone or tablet wirelessly.

You can attach the QX lens to your phone, or shoot ‘off camera.’ Snap the shutter from across the room holding just your phone. You can control white balance, exposure settings, zoom and more using the Sony app.

The QX100 has a 1-inch, 20.2 megapixel sensor (that’s 4x as big as your iPhone!) and up to f/1.8 aperture for great low-light photos and shallow depth of field. It also has a manual zoom for ultimate control over your shooting depth.

The compact QX10 offers a 10x optical auto-zoom with none of the pixel damage that a phone cam’s digital zoom leaves behind.

It’s the perfect marriage between the image quality of a DSLR, and the convenience of an iPhone. Better than duct taping a DSLR to your iPhone, right?


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