Monday, September 23, 2013

Lens-Style Cameras: The Next Big Thing?

By William Sawalich Published in Blog
Lens-Style Cameras: The Next Big Thing?
Have you heard of "lens-style" cameras? They're pretty interesting, actually, once you get past the initial shock of their peculiar design. Sony's new QX models are the first of this new style of camera that looks like a lens and affixes to a smartphone. No, they're not just lenses for smartphones, but rather self-contained cameras that are shaped like lenses—with all the camera guts, like the imaging sensor, built in. The one thing they don't have, though, is a control panel. That's where the smartphone comes in. Simply affix the lens-style camera to your smartphone and control the camera via an app. Brilliant! Or maybe not; I suppose it's still too early to tell. One thing's for sure: these cameras have legit features like 20 megapixels, HD video recording and image stabilization—so it sure seems like they'll be likely to find an audience. I'm intrigued, that's for sure.

http://store.sony.com/p/Clip-on-Smartphone-Camera,-Sony-Cyber-shot-Lens/en/p/DSCQX100/B
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