The Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 and its higher-end comrade, the QX100, are essentially compact cameras redesigned for people who’ve disowned standalone cameras for their Smartphone’s. Equipped with bigger sensors and optical zoom capabilities, these accessories are essentially cameras add-ons (without viewfinders) for your phone that lets you capture better pictures than the current crop of Smartphones and they can connect to any Android or iOS device.
The QX10 costs $250 and is intended for a more casual consumer, while its superior counterpart costs $500 and is aimed at photo enthusiasts. The cameras get wirelessly linked to your Smartphone (or tablet if you want) via a direct WI-FI connection and, with the help of Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile app.
The QX10 has a 10x optical zoom lens as compared with the 3.6x zoom on the QX100, the latter is about twice as tall due to its higher-end imaging specifications. The QX10 has an 18-megapixel image sensor whereas QX100 has a 20-megapixel sensor. The QX10 and QX100 work with a small MicroSD card, which is where full-resolution images are automatically stored. The expected battery life of both lens-cameras is 220 shots per charge.
There are two ways to connect the QX lenses to your phone. The easy way is NFC. You just need to tap the handset to lens to connect the two devices automatically. The other way, for any phone without NFC is WI-FI . You will need to go into settings, connect manually to the lens’s ad-hoc WI-FInetwork with an awkward alphanumeric password, then open PlayMemories Mobile and see if it took.
Like the QX10, it seems that the QX100 has very limited shooting modes. It comes with five: Superior Auto, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Aperture Priority Shooting and Movie Mode. There’s no flash, nor can you use the smartphone’s flash for taking pictures.
Both cameras are fully self-sufficient. With such creations camera makers are trying a whole bunch of tactics right now to convince consumers they need better digital-imaging products than just a Smartphone.