Monday, 28 October 2013

A camera for your smartphone : Sony Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100

  

Capable of being used with most smartphones today, Sony's QX10 and QX100 attachments both look like removable camera lenses, but they are in fact complete cameras. Well, they're complete except for the viewfinder or the display, but that's where smartphones come in.

It can be attached to smart devices and paired with them through Wi-Fi or NFC, following which photos and videos can be shot with the help of Sony's PlayMemories app, which is available for both iOS and Android converting the device's screen into a real-time viewfinder. The same app lets users tinker with camera settings, coming with the ability to release the shutter, start or stop movie recordings, and adjust common photographic settings like shooting mode, zoom, Auto Focus area and others. Once pictures or videos are taken, they can be saved directly on both the phone and the camera or either, and can be shared instantly via social media or other common mobile applications. If the lens is not paired with the device, pictures and videos can be saved on a microSD card or a memory stick on the camera lens.


Sony DSC QX10 Camera Lens specifications


  • 18.2 megapixels 1/2.3 type (7.76mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • BIONZ image processor
  • Sony G Lens, with 7 groups (including 4 aspheric elements)
  • F3.3(Wide angle)- F5.9 (Tele) aperture
  • 10x optical zoom
  • 12MP images and 1080p ((1440×1080) video recording at 30fps
  • Optical SteadyShot (with Active Mode for movies)
  • Memory Stick Micro / Memory Stick Micro Mark 2 and Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
  • Dimensions - 62.4 x 61.8 x 33.3 mm, weight 90 g (main unit only),  105 g (battery and Memory Stick Micro)
  • 630 mAh Sony NP-BN rechargeable battery


Sony DSC QX100 Camera Lens specifications


  • 20.2 megapixels 1.0 type (13.2 x 8.8mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • BIONZ image processor
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*, with 7 elements in 6 groups (4 aspheric elements including AA lens)
  • F1.8(Wide angle)- F4.9 (Tele)
  • 3.6x optical zoom
  • 12MP images and 1080p ((1440×1080) video recording at 30fps
  • Optical SteadyShot (with Active Mode for movies)
  • Memory Stick Micro / Memory Stick Micro Mark 2 and Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
  • Dimensions – 62.5 x 62.5 x 55.5 mm mm, weight 165 g (main unit only),  179 g (battery and Memory Stick Micro)
  • 630 mAh Sony NP-BN rechargeable battery


Sony is trying something new, but most consumers might see the wisdom of putting that money into a proper standalone camera. Aside from structural and operational awkwardness, the prices of the QX10 and specially the QX100, makes them expensive add-ons for already expensive smartphones.The Sony DSC QX10 and the DSCQX100 comes in Black color and are priced at Rs. 12,990 and Rs. 24,990.