Sony’s excellent QX10 and QX100 display-less cameras were, while idiosyncratic, perfect examples of a company attempting to take great fundamental hardware and optimize it for the smartphone era.
Specifically, the cameras relied on a WiFi-enabled smartphone to act as viewfinder, allowing users to transfer thumbnails in real time or later, in bulk, at full resolution. Each device came with smartphone attachments that fulfilled the dream of many Android and iOS enthusiasts — attaching a DSLR-like sensor/lens combo to a diminutive handset.
We tested the $499 QX100 earlier this year, which sported the same 1-inch sensor as the superlative RX100 point-and-shoot, and found that while its wireless limitations were apparent they didn’t deter from the experience of using the product.
According to a set of leaked product shots, Sony is set to follow up with the QX1, a similar attachment-like camera that sports a larger APS-C Exmor-based sensor and removable lens attachments, compatible with Sony’s existing line of E-mount glass. It appears that the size of the camera with Sony’s base 16-50mm kit lens will be larger than its previous-generation counterparts, but its potential use cases will be far higher.
No word on whether Sony will also be updating the QX100 which, though still a great product has some performance issues. The QX1 will also likely launch with an updated version of PlayMemories for iOS and Android, the app used by Sony to remotely capture photos and adjust settings.