Sony Unveils Xperia Z1 (Honami), QX Lens-style Cameras

By 12:20 Sat, 17 Jul 2021 Comments

Sony officially unveiled the hotly anticipated Xperia Z1 that has become well-known under the internal petname Honami. The Z1 brought friends on stage – the QX line of lens-style cameras and a number of other accessories.

Sony Xperia Z1

The Z1 is undoubtedly the star of the show – measuring just 8.5mm in thickness, the Xperia Z1 houses a large 1/2.3" sensor – that's about 70% larger than the sensors on most phones and Sony achieved it without a hump on the back like most other handsets with large sensors.

The capturing camera uses all-Sony tech – an F/2.0 Sony G Lens, a Sony Exmor RS sensor and a Sony BIONZ image processor.

The capturing camera shoots 20.7MP stills and records 1080p video (sorry, no 4K). Sony has developed a custom capturing camera app that offers manual controls and impressive augmented reality features. Third-party devs will be able to utilize the advanced features of the capturing camera to create their own apps as well.

Sony Xperia Z1

The Xperia Z1 justifies its name by borrowing the best features of the Xperia Z – slim, water resistant body with OmniBalance design, a sharp 5" 1080p classy screen and powerful Snapdragon chipset. However, the Z1 is certified to go deeper underwater, it has a new, higher-quality classy screen and it packs the latest Snapdragon 800 chipset running a Sony-customized version of Android 4.3. And the battery power has been bumped up to 3,000mAh.

The recent flagship has 4G LTE connectivity, along with Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) a/b/g/n and NFC, which are used to connect with the next couple of gadgets.

The Sony Xperia Z1 will be available this month in Black, White and Purple.

Sony Cyber-shot QX100 and QX10

The Sony Cyber-shot QX line of lens-style cameras launches with two models – the QX100 and QX10. Both have their own optics and image sensor and can utilize an Android or iOS device as viewfinder (pairing is done with NFC if available then the image is streamed over Wi-Fi).

The QX100 has a huge 1" Exmor R sensor with 20.2MP resolution, F/1.8 ZEISS Vario-Sonar T* lens, 3.6x optical zoom and stabilization – the same specs as the acclaimed Sony RX100M II. The QX10 is more compact and features a longer zoom range – 10x – and has a Sony G Lens coupled with a 1/2.3" 18.2MP Exmor R sensor.

Sony Cyber-shot QX100

Both lens-style cameras shoot 1,440 x 1080p video at 30 frames per second and have enough juice in their batteries for 230 shots (or 55-65 minutes of video recording depending on the model). The QX cameras can attach to smartphones of various sizes and some Xperia phones will acquire dedicated cases that protect the phone and offer an attachment point for the camera. Both QX100 and QX10 can work separately from the phone, while still streaming to the viewfinder, which makes framing in tight spots a breeze.

Sony Cyber-shot QX10

The Sony Cyber-shot QX100 and QX10 are available for pre-order in the UK starting today and will go on sale in Europe by the discontinue of September. The QX100 will cost you $500 and the QX10 is half that at $250. For comparison, the RX100M II that has the same lens and sensor as the QX100 is $750.

We are live at IFA and we got to handle the Sony Xperia Z1 and the QX lens-style cameras, so check out our hands-on impressions for more details.

Check out our full IFA 2013 coverage correct here.



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