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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 point-and-shoot cameras) 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 lens cameras. 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. 

Source: Sony

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RE: too bulky
By chµck on 9/4/2013 6:17:07 PM , Rating: 2
You seem to have missed the point. This seems like something that would fill in the gap between smartphones and cameras; a gap i didn't know existed.
Of course you'll need more glass to get better zoom, but this is still a great idea.

RE: too bulky
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 6:25:05 PM , Rating: 2
" a gap i didn't know existed."

That's pretty much what I meant... What gap? There are decent phone camera's that are really good "for smartphones" and there are "real camera's". I would think that anyone casual like me would use the phone, and anyone serious enough about photography would use a real camera. I dont think ther eis a gap. This is sort of just shoving its way into a crack, trying to make a gap, but none exists.

In other words, if you are going to carry this lense, you may as well get a real camera... I could always be wrong though. It seems dumb to me.

RE: too bulky
By chimto on 9/4/2013 8:04:22 PM , Rating: 2

While I think this thing looks pretty neat, if I'm gonna carry another thing in my pocket for photos I'll just get a compact camera. But what do I know? I'm not a photo enthusiast, just your average run of the mill casual picture taker.

RE: too bulky
By retrospooty on 9/5/2013 8:22:36 AM , Rating: 2
" if I'm gonna carry another thing in my pocket for photos I'll just get a compact camera. But what do I know? I'm not a photo enthusiast, just your average run of the mill casual picture taker"

I am with you there, but I do know several people that are really serious about photography. They speak of it on a level I just don't care to visit... But people that are serious about it, want your really good DSLR cameras or better. They wear them in a strap around their necks like Photo-Flava-Flav's (we have all seen these people LOL) and often carry an extra bag with lenses and accessories... This product doesn't seem to serves a purpose to the casual, or the serious photographer.

RE: too bulky
By drewp on 9/6/2013 1:41:24 AM , Rating: 2
i am one of those people, 2 of my cameras fully loaded weigh over 5 pounds. Needless to say I don't use them for every photo I take. I also have a mirrorless camera its much smaller and lighter but still too big.

the qx100 is perfect... this holiday season is going to be so tough!

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