Sony’s QX100 and QX10 digital cameras introduced a new and reasonably unusual concept into the market. They look like lenses that you would fit onto a camera body, but they actually have a sensor built in. They’re designed to attach to your smartphone and communicate with it wirelessly, meaning that the phone acts as the camera’s screen to compose your image.
It seems like a strange concept, but apparently they proved popular enough for Sony to take it one-step further and produce the QX1. Here we have an APS-C sized sensor and an E-mount so that you can change the lenses on the unit.
That sensor is a 20.1 million pixel back-illuminated CMOS device, the same kind as found in Sony’s range of compact system cameras. There’s also a Bionz X processor – the company’s most advanced and also found in top-of-the-line cameras such as the A7R.