attomole: Because the World needs more choice of 50mm lenses, I think if I were Sony I would be happier if the came up with 24 to 70 and 70 to 200, sympathetic to videography, 2.8 or faster autofocus zooms
Zeiss and Leica have typically limited their focal length to shorter range, mostly 100mm and less, much less zooms.
Zeiss Loxia was meant to be manual focus option. Sony users already have AF lenses: Sony Zeiss 35 and 55mm. Zeiss also has Touit line for AF lenses but as of now, APSc only (I won't be surprised if it is expanded into FF).
That being said, I would say, for video, Loxia lenses might be a better option than Sony Zeiss FE 35/55, mainly for being designed as manual focus lenses and they also have an option to turn off aperture clicks. The AF lenses do not have hard stops, and are a pain to focus manually (drive by wire mechanism to begin with).
Even for stills, many of us do prefer the feel of a proper MF lens so these two are great additions. They provide what people wanted to use E-mount bodies for: Zeiss and Leica lenses.
Ruy Penalva: I don't understand why Zeiss insist on doing MF lens. Wake up Zeiss!
Zeiss Touit (no FF lens yet) has AF. Zeiss Loxia is MF. Sony-Zeiss lenses are AF as well (FF and APSc lenses on Sony A-mount as well as E-mount).
Loxia is an additional choice for Sony E-mount (a great platform for MF). One can get Sony Zeiss 35 and Sony Zeiss 55 if they want auto focus.
Kglass77: Should have kept the "1 sensor format for the Q30, guessing it may eat into the X100 sales?
QX30 is about having super zoom (30x) at the expense of sensor size. Using 1" sensor would have limited the reach... and there was a 1" option too: QX100 (with same lens as RX100).
tkbslc: I'm trying to figure out how this works logistically in the real world. Certainly you don't want it on your phone all the time, because then your phone is going to be a pain to use. So you'll have to detach the lens and sensor unit and then store them where? IN your pocket? That's not going to be realistic, is it? So then what, a bag? Probably.
So now if I have a small sensor unit and a lens or two in a bag and my phone in my pocket, how is this even .01% better than just having an a5100 or whatever in that bag? And then the fact that I have to make sure my phone is ready to go and start some apps to use that camera that already requires me to carry a small bag, makes it actually a far less convenient solution.
I just took a trip, and had NEX-6 with 8mm fisheye, 20mm pancake and 35/1.8. There was on occasion I did not carry my camera at all and use the phone, since the camera with lens won't fit in a pocket. However, a lens alone would have. Something like QX1 could have accompanied me. Instead, all I ended up with are pictures taken with a smart phone.
kangoo1707: Imagine Google Glass is used with this QX thingy, it would be a dream (assuming the wifi connection is improved)
I was thinking about voice activated imaging/video.
AF for video? And how many Zeiss/Leica lenses do you count that are zoom and 70mm or longer?
worldcup1982: a solution for a non existing problem
If you're happy with smart phone IQ, or portability of a DSLR or a mirror-less with APSc sensor, you may not see the point. But, it is another choice in the market, and to Sony, not an expensive one either... it is basically a basic Sony E-mount camera without the body.
PerL: MY first thought is "ergonomics anyone?"
The idea with this one is use of large sensor (APSc) and interchangeability of lens. It will be more pocketable than any APSc ILC (even 1" and m43) with a lens attached while also opening up compositional possibilities. This can be achieved with a Sony E-mount body today, but lens + body is typically bigger. It is easier to slip in a lens in a pocket than a camera with a lens attached to it.
1drey: Does QX1 require a smartphone to be attached to operate? Or it can be used standalone (as QX30)?
I would expect it to be similar to QX30/QX10/QX100 in that regard.
khaleeq: just one simple question as im not an expert which one will have better image quality ?? qx1 or qx30 ??
QX30 uses a small sensor to go with 30x zoom fixed lens. QX1 uses an APSc sensor with interchangeable lens. Any Sony E-mount lens will work on it, as well as any lens that can be adapted, including a Sony 500mm f/4 G SSM or Minolta 600mm f/4. :D
Due to APSc sensor, QX1 will be able to deliver very good results in low light.
My first thought... IQ expected of APSc cameras. Ergonomics is not really the point here, rather versatile mounting options and greater portability is.
I think we're heading in that direction. A belt clip accessory might be next.
Jogger: Sony should just make a module using their 1-inch sensor and a fixed wide lens. Add in XAVCS and that would instantly be a GoPro killer, esp. for professional applications.
I think the market for prime lens is rather limiting. In any case, I would not be surprised to eventually see a fixed lens solution with curved sensor.
D1N0: Great, can I use it with a Tablet. Camera broke again :(
Yes. Better if your tablet has NFC otherwise via WiFi.
Recently, I used my NEX-6 the way I would use QX1. Except that with NEX-6, I did not have the option to use a pocket to carry the camera with a lens. OTOH, QX1 would have fit in the pocket, the way I normally carry a prime or two.
MisterNH: The QX1 looks interesting, but at $400 it's only about $50 less than the Alpha 5000 – including the kit lens. What are the advantages of using the QX1 with an iPhone over an Alpha 5000?
I would say, improved portability and more versatile application (mounting options).
Rhawi Dantas: 1 battery = 150 minutes of video
This would be an awesome GoPro replacement when mounted on a backpack
I think that is the idea (and key difference from a5000/a5100). The tube shape (as opposed to typical camera-lens combo) could allow more mounting options, as well as somewhat improved portability.
iyer87: I own an NEX6, so the QX-1 is intriguing. But I want to know more about connection speed, lag, and the phone interface before taking a call.
Does the sensor have the super fast autofocus of the A6000?
No. QX1 is said to be based off a5000.
photosen: Here's an idea: sell a body with a viewfinder, a mount, nice ergonomics, in which certain (hint hint) phones fit well and can be used as the LCD and storage, although it could also be used with all other phones albeit in a more clumsy way. The phone would have to be smaller, say iPhone sized but that's ok, there's a market for powerful phones that don't have tablet sized displays.
It is called, Sony a6000.
Angrymagpie: Trying to understand why one should choose these pricer MF lenses over the existing FE35mm f/2.8 and FE55mm f/1.8. Perhaps they would be slightly sharper (though that's a bit hard to imagine especially in the case of FE55 f/1.8)
Sharpness is not always the point, rendering can be. Both Sony Zeiss designs are Sonnar type. The Loxia 35/2 is Biogon and 50/2 is Planar. So, now Sony a7-series (and FF video camera) users have four options to pick from, and especially for video, full manual focus (and with click-less option on aperture ring) is a great thing while those wanting auto focus will have the two Sonnars.