A guided tour of the Sony QX1 and QX30 smartphone cameras
Sony QX - a brief history
In fall of 2013 Sony introduced a pair of QX-series 'clip-on' cameras that clamped onto the front of smartphones. The idea was simple: to allow smartphone users to take better photos. While the 'camera unit' could be used on its own (it has a shutter release button), it was really designed to be controlled from your Android or iOS device using Sony's PlayMemories Mobile app.
The DSC-QX10 was the compact model and featured an 18MP BSI-CMOS sensor and 25-250mm equivalent lens, and had an MSRP of $250. If you wanted high quality images and didn't mind carrying around a pretty large camera unit, then the $500 DSC-QX100 was for you. This featured the same 1" sensor as the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II, one of our favorite enthusiast compacts.