Sony Improves Smartphone Photos with QX10, QX100 Lenses
September 4, 2013 4:23 PM
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They clip onto your smartphone for better quality photos
Smartphone cameras are convenient because we tend to carry our phones wherever we go, so it's nice to always have everything in one device. However, they've failed to fully replace digital cameras (such as the ultra-portable
) because of their lack of quality photos. So where's the middle ground?
Sony may have found a solution with its new QX10 and QX100
. They're smart lenses that clip onto your smartphone and offer the best of both worlds: the portability of carrying one device; the ability to immediately share pictures with your smartphone (instead of having to dump them on a computer, like with a digital camera), and the quality of a point-and-shoot camera.
The QX10 offers a 1/2.3-inch, 18-megapixel image sensor with an f/3.3-5.9 lens. It has a Sony G Lens and communicates wirelessly through Wi-Fi and NFC. It also sports a microSD and Memory Stick slots for storage.
The QX10 runs $250 USD.
The QX100, on the other hand, features a 1-inch 20.2-megapixel Exmor R sensor and a f/1.8-4.9 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens. Like the QX10, it communicates wirelessly through both Wi-Fi and NFC and has microSD and Memory Stick slots.
The QX100 will hit the pocket a little harder at $500 USD.
Sony's system allows your smartphone to be the viewfinder, shutter trigger, and backup storage while the lenses offer quality shots. It seems like it solves a couple problems associated with deciding between the smartphone camera and a digital point-and-shoot, but will people really want to carry a lens around with them in addition to their smartphones?
For those who answered "yes" to that last question, you can pick up the QX10 or QX100 as long as you have an Android smartphone or iPhone.
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RE: too bulky
9/5/2013 10:24:09 AM
This is a "real" camera. Albeit, one that costs (quite) a bit more than you'd expect based on the specs, and then tries to make up for it with better than average smartphone integration.
If the $500 model had an APS-C sensor and could make use of Sony's SLR lens mount, I'd be interested. As it is: I'll use my SLR when I care about quality, and stick with my smartphone when I don't.
RE: too bulky
9/5/2013 11:33:44 AM
" As it is: I'll use my SLR when I care about quality, and stick with my smartphone when I don't."
Exactly... Where does this fit in to your setup? At any given trip, you would have to weight carrying your camera vs. just phone. If you were going somewhere interesting where you wanted quality pics, you would choose your SLR camera. Since you have made the choice to carry your camera, what scenario would this new Sony thing be better than your real camera?
"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
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