Sony QX100 teardown goes inside the unusual lens-style camera that starts shipping tomorrow


posted Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 7:08 PM EDT

If you're eagerly awaiting the recently-announced -- and extremely unconventional -- Sony QX100 and QX10 lens-style cameras, your wait is just about over! Both models are just about to start shipping tomorrow, their maker has announced. And whether you'll be buying one or not, Sony has just released a teardown video that offers an interesting look inside the more sophisticated of the pair.

The hardware of the large-sensor Sony QX100 is, with the exception of its lack of an LCD monitor, very similar to the existing large-sensor Sony RX100 II point and shoot. Nobody's published a teardown of that camera yet, although the internals of its predecessor had something of an unintentional, brute-force teardown late last year. Still, watching the video it's very clear how different the QX100 is from anything that's gone before it, and why Sony didn't have much scope to make it smaller. Between the lens, sensor, circuitry, and masses of heat shielding, there was a lot to pack in!

See the video below, and if you want to get your hands on the long-zoom Sony QX10 or its large-sensor sibling, the QX100, you'll find shopping links at the end of this article. (You'll also find them in our hands-on previews of the QX10 and QX100; click the camera names to read these.)

An introduction to -- and teardown of -- the Sony QX100 lens-style camera.

Place your pre-order for either the large-sensor Sony QX100 or long-zoom Sony QX10 with trusted Imaging Resource affiliates Adorama or B&H now: