IFA 2014 may arguably be the Note 4‘s show, but Sony showed off two of the most interesting devices of the entire show. First up was their 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector. It does exactly as the name describes. Projects a 4K image on a screen or wall at a short distance. The company also announced a couple of new additions to their QX-line of smartphone mounted cameras, the fixed lens QX30 and the QX1. The later uses E-Mount lenses. I’ll let that sink in for a bit while I describe the projector.
4K Ultra Short Throw Projector
The 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector Projects an image up to 147″ on your surface of choice. The catch is that this projector has to be placed only a few inches the surface you want to use it with for it’s laser light to work its magic. Fortunately it’s designed to fit into your decor. This design also has a few advantages – it warms up to it’s working brightness quicker than traditional projectors. The laser light also lasts much longer than you’d see in a traditional projector bulb.
The 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector is available this month, but there’s a major catch: it’s only available for residents of the New York City area. Well, for now at least. As for cost, at $50,000, its price tag would make John P. blush.
QX30 and QX1
Sony announced a new member of the QX-line, the QX30. It slots between the low end QX10 and the high end QX100. It has a 30x zoom lens aided by optical stabilization. It’s also capable of continuous shooting at 10 frames per second. That’s certainly cool, but that’s simply the opening act. The headliner is the ILCE-QX1. ILCE stands for Interchangeable Lens Camera E-Mount. In other words, this QX-camera uses the same E-Mount lenses as Sony’s mirrorless cameras. It essentially turns your iPhone or Galaxy Note into a mirrorless camera with the Sony PlayMemories Mobile app. The camera features a 20.1mp sensor and a Boinz X imaging processor.
The QX30 and QX1 will both cost in the $350 to $400 range when they come out in September and November respectively.
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