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: no one gets this
9/6/2013 5:54:43 AM
I don't understand why you and some other people are so excited about this product;
I read the preview on dpreview.com, and the following details caught my attention:
Uses own battery pack
Only JPEG, no RAW
No AF assist lights
More bulky than RX100
All touchscreen controls (apart from shutter and zoom it seems)
No manual exposure mode
Doesn't seem like it has a tripod mount
Minimum exposure time: 4sec
The last 4 points really bug me. They are issues that are common among most smartphone cameras and limit the extent to which a photographer can use the camera.
For me it seems, that apart from the sensor size/zoom, there is really nothing else this camera/accesory can do that my smartphone can't do. And I should pay $500 for it?
I browsed the internet and saw that the RX100 goes for around $599. I think it's good advice for anyone considering the QX100 that they buy the RX100 instead. With the extended controls and advanced features, a photographer will be able to make much more diverse/appealing photographs than with the QX100.
RE: no one gets this
9/6/2013 8:45:54 PM
did you read that preview? it clearly states that there is a tripod mount and it uses the rx100mk2 sensor not the rx100... that's a $150 difference to gloss over and much better low light performance
no flash - i can't think of one good flash on any p&s that works well - good riddance
raw defeats the purpose of this type of p&s
af assist lights are incredibly obnoxious and serve only to tell everyone that you're about to take a photo
touchscreen controls are bad? since when? I kinda like my smartphone
a 4 second shutter is perfectly fine, this camera is going to be handheld 99% of the time. You really see someone trying to take a 30 second exposure on any p&s?
RE: no one gets this
9/9/2013 9:34:11 AM
Fair enough about the tripod, I was only browsing through the preview.
But anyway, having no flash is a serious drawback. The main purpose of PS flashes is to serve as fill flash, which they usually do well; Take a picture of a person in strong, noon light or backlight withouth flash, and see how boring and dull grey their face will be!
Having RAW doesn't force one to shoot RAW. It's a very handy choice to have when dealing with tricky scenery that might need a retouch later, such as exposure. For $500 I sure am not ready to let go of such a software feature ..
I've read that the rx100ii still has issues focusing in low light situations. Having no AF lights is not going to help it either; And even though they can be annoying, it's a feature easily turned off -.-
I was doing 10s exposures with my P&S before I got a DSLR :-)
In all honesty, based on it's features, I still don't see the point of spending $500 on this device.
Please enlighten me, what's the purpose of this device that makes it such a great deal for $500?
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