There's an old saying: "The best camera is the one you have with you." Nine times out of 10, that camera is your smartphone, if only because you ALWAYS have it on you! And it's true that today's smartphones can take pretty good pictures. But professional photographers know there's still no comparison between what a camera phone is capable of and what a quality DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera can do.
That's why I'm excited for these new leaked photos of a gadget Sony will soon release. The unofficial Sony XPERIA blog got their hands on them first. Check it out:
Feast your eyes on the Sony ILCE-QX1. It isn't out yet, but when it is, it can turn your smartphone into a pro camera with interchangeable lenses. Sony's QX line of lens and sensor combos came out last year. They're basically digital sensors with professional-style mechanical lenses that can attach to a variety of Android and Apple smartphones. Very cool in theory, but in practice, they don't come close to replicating the DSLR experience in the hands of an experienced photographer.
A lot of that has to do with the fact that to pro photographers, being able to swap out lenses is crucial. The depth of field and focal length varies wildly between lenses. That's why any pro will carry around several different lenses to get the job done.
And that's precisely what makes the QX1 seem so cool. It's basically a sensor that attaches to your phone that can handle multiple lenses. It won't work with just any lens however. You'll need compatible Sony e-lenses.
One thing that's not so exciting is the price. It's rumored that the sensor alone will cost upwards of $400. Add a 16-55mm lens and you're looking at around $600 with extra lenses only driving up the cost more. On the other hand, professional photography gear is never cheap. A brand new entry-level Sony mirrorless camera with interchangeable lens will cost you about the same.
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