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Mobile madness? Our opinion on Sony's QX clip-on cameras

By dpreview staff on Sep 4, 2013 at 15:00 GMT

The Sony QX cameras are mobile-photography-targeted modules that allow you to clip a larger sensor, zoom lens and additional battery to your smartphone to extend its capabilities. The modules use a Wi-Fi connection to allow their control from a camera app - making them some of the most connected cameras yet. So just what to we make of the compact 10x QX10 and the larger-sensor QX100? 

Follow these links for our take on the QX10 and QX100, and scroll down for more details.


Here at Dpreview.com we've taken a close look at the high-end QX100. Built around the same core components as the Cyber-shot RX100 II, the QX100 promises a huge step up in image quality, compared to a standard smartphone camera. But at what price? Are you really getting an RX100 II substitute for 1/3rd off? Click through to find out.

We've also published a deeper look at both systems and how they relate to one another over at connect.dpreview.com. Follow this link to see what we thought.

And finally, connect.dpreview.com has also published an overview of the QXs and what they mean for connected mobile photography. Click here to read more.

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domina
By domina (4 months ago)

I want both a QX100 and a QX10 for street photography and for taking pictures of strangers without them noticing me. For this, I need to be able to set shutter speed, aperture and ISO manually in fully manual mode, both for video and photos, and I also need a fully manual mode with auto ISO (the TAv mode), as well as an Sv mode (manual ISO with auto aperture and auto shutter). The problem is, Sony thinks this product concept would sell better to people who take photos with their smartphone, so they designed it for non-photographers as most smartphone users aren't photographers. If they designed the QX cameras for real photography, I'm sure they'd sell well because these cameras are godsent for street photographers.

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fastglass
By fastglass (7 months ago)

Haven't tried one yet - but it may have possibilities!

+1 ...

... for SONY actually INNOVATING - vs so much of the industry std "me too" faux "innovation" ... lol ...

Cheers.

1 upvote
ZinniA
By ZinniA (7 months ago)

The line between traditional camera & Smartphone camera is about to over. The SONY QX is the new adventure for mobile photographers for capturing the far superior, higher quality photographs without any change in their existing convenience & accessibility mobile networks. For more information visit : http://outfresh.com/latest-technology/sony-attachable-clips-fight-off-the-smartphones/

0 upvotes
digitalanalog
By digitalanalog (7 months ago)

If it can be used as a smartphone-controlled separate module, its round shape is not very practical. Also, any info about using it with tripod?

0 upvotes
AkDon
By AkDon (7 months ago)

Search around a little and you'll find a view of the bottom of QX10 where lies the female threading that receives the tripod bolt...looks to be good balance point.

0 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (7 months ago)

Can anything out there look uglier and make less sense then these two Baron von Frankenstein creations? What was Sony thinking here, OMG?

0 upvotes
fishycomics
By fishycomics (7 months ago)

As its HD1080P 1920x108 on sonys official site, then reading in the specs 1440x1080. well that is still HD1080P 4:3 AR. guess you can complain all you want, for 250.00 or 500.00

1 upvote
DVT80111
By DVT80111 (7 months ago)

My wife needs one to fit over her iPad so she can take better movies.
She hates to use the small 2 inch screen on my camera.

0 upvotes
Wally Brooks
By Wally Brooks (7 months ago)

No camera body, no RAW, no flash, I have a mirrorless camera and my gut is I want one! Say what you will Sony has moved the market, created buzz and kicked Cankon's teeth in. Now lets see if Samsung can improve on the idea. From a Nikon D7000 & V1 shooter.

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Kipplemaster
By Kipplemaster (7 months ago)

I think this product represents an important development in photography. From the invention of photography until fairly recently, images were composed from the limited number of positions in which the photographer could comfortably see the viewfinder. Since the introduction of digital photography and articulating screens, composition has been freed up somewhat and we now see shots from a very low level and above the photographer's head.

In my view the point of these gadgets is not just to improve the photo quality of smartphones but to vastly increase the potential compositions available to the photographer. With a 25-250mm equivalent lens which can be positioned practically anywhere at any angle, bad composition is unlikely to be down to limitations in the equipment. There are already remote cameras (GoPro etc) but these may be the first with decent quality for stills photography.

4 upvotes
spodzone
By spodzone (7 months ago)

Well yes, if you ignore 1) most of medium-format where WLF is standard, 2) various 90-degree-bend attachments for the purpose. But certainly most of the (d)SLR phase has been so limited.
Otherwise I agree - the ability to use a much larger screen to compose, remotely, is very appealing.

0 upvotes
Kipplemaster
By Kipplemaster (7 months ago)

What has the Whiskas Liberation Front got to do with it?
Medium format waist-level finders just give a slightly different range of positions from which the viewfinder can be seen comfortably. Wireless cameras like these are a completely different beast - the camera doesn't even need to be visible to the photographer or even in the same room.

0 upvotes
MELTEMI
By MELTEMI (7 months ago)

Buy one. Try to remove the lens and put the sensor and electronic as a back on a film camera.

0 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (7 months ago)

When do they start with FF dslr cameras where you just slide a smartphone in a slot on the back.

0 upvotes
MarcusGR
By MarcusGR (7 months ago)

Mobile madness ? Absolutely YES.
These are like a one-kilo attachment to transform your glasses into a TV-set.
Very cool. And very stupid at the same time ...
No doubt they will have a lot of INITIAL success (as quirky gadgets often do).
But - in the long run - sales will only depend on "trendy" advertisements and endorsments, though.
In fact no doubt the fools who will buy such toys to show them off, will soon get tired of going around with a potato in their pocket !!
UNLESS - of course - these gadgets are usable as spy-cams, to remotely monitor something way off your smartphone ...

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Azurael
By Azurael (7 months ago)

I don't see what's stupid about an RX100 I can put anywhere and remotely control from my phone or tablet at all... And I don't really see the downside of strapping it to the back of my phone vs. using an actual RX100, since the screen is much better. Admittedly the lack of RAW support is probably a deal breaker for me...

These threads are always full of comments from people who probably only came here to troll about why they _don't_ like X, Y or Z product that's just been announced and like to call anybody who is interested a 'fool' because for some reason people get kicks out of that sort of thing :-/

2 upvotes
new boyz
By new boyz (7 months ago)

In the long term? They probably will be releasing new prototype by next year. In this era, we don't really buy things that last for 10 years or so.

0 upvotes
Antimateria
By Antimateria (7 months ago)

And...First on Amazon US.
I see an very very very very very positive review in future on this very very indipendent and no commercial site... ;)

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hippo84
By hippo84 (7 months ago)

1st and 2nd and 5th ))

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Vergilius
By Vergilius (7 months ago)

This reminded me of something, then I remembered that James Bond movie where the AM Matador comes out of a hanger with airplane wings attached to it. Everybody in the audience thought, "Cool!" even though it was really slow and clunky.

0 upvotes
barry reid
By barry reid (7 months ago)

Wrong 'lensor' module design, I think. Should have derived it from the flat one in the TX30, as with that form factor it could have been left permanently attached to the phone, which might have persuaded me to buy one.

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Plastek
By Plastek (7 months ago)

Now imagine this as a module with different bayonets (m4/3,M,A,E, perhaps F,K,EOS if they'd agree to sell the license) - basically a death of mirrorless cameras.

Not only it'd be cheaper and smaller, but also you wouldn't be forced into these stupid adaptors all over the place. AND you could cheaply swap it for a new model when current one will become outdated (just imagine full frame Leica M module below 900$). Sounds like a brilliant deal!

1 upvote
chj
By chj (7 months ago)

maybe in the future it will be, but this is neither smaller nor cheaper

0 upvotes
madmaxmedia
By madmaxmedia (7 months ago)

We don't have enough hands for this.

0 upvotes
asw66
By asw66 (7 months ago)

Sounds like the Ricoh GXR, which hasn't exactly set the world on fire.

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photoholiko
By photoholiko (7 months ago)

I think this will be a nail in the coffin for some existing systems!

0 upvotes
audijam
By audijam (7 months ago)

more like perverts toys....

0 upvotes
howardroark
By howardroark (7 months ago)

Yeah, our technological progress should have halted right before the invention of the mirror, too, because of the existence of perverts.

3 upvotes
Karroly
By Karroly (7 months ago)

Mirrors are for narcissists, spy glasses are for perverts...

1 upvote
ntsan
By ntsan (7 months ago)

Dont forget Porn help the spread of the internet

2 upvotes
Donnie G
By Donnie G (7 months ago)

I think Sony will sell tons of these things, not because they are especially useful, but because they have a quirkiness about them that teenagers and young adults will find attractive, cool, and trendy. Just being seen with one of these cameras clipped to your smartphone will get you noticed, and that in turn will make you attractive, cool, and trendy. Way to go Sony!

4 upvotes
The Squire
By The Squire (7 months ago)

Prediction: So you can't control anything but aperture and exposure comp today? I guarantee Sony will bring PlayMemories Pro to market in 3 months, charging £9.99 for an app that adds ISO, S, M and Raw shooting and, i dunno, 3 more dodgy scene/effect modes.

2 upvotes
spodzone
By spodzone (7 months ago)

So, $509.99 for the same thing with RAW? That'd actually be worth it...

0 upvotes
zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (7 months ago)

Sigh, QX100 is supposed to be one serious, enthusiast ultra compact camera. It just needs an EVF and RAW mode. I would like to take it in the streets and also as a travel camera. Anyway, according to rumor sites, more QX cameras coming soon.

0 upvotes
Paul Guba
By Paul Guba (7 months ago)

I thought I would actually read their dpreview's opinion. Instead its just links to other items. Weren't the original articles on the front page enough?

0 upvotes
Gabriel Yeo
By Gabriel Yeo (7 months ago)

Holding a barrel lens in one hand and triggering it with the phone with the other hand....that's a no-no in photography.
I guess that's what happens when a non-camera company like Sony designs these things.

1 upvote
udris
By udris (7 months ago)

.that's a no-no in photography. No such thing as a no-no

2 upvotes
iceccream
By iceccream (7 months ago)

yes you are correct. also, not applying the rule of thirds is also a no-no in photography.

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T3
By T3 (7 months ago)

Un-creative people who can't think out of the box or moved beyond the status quo are always afraid to break imaginary rules. That's why they are un-creative.

5 upvotes
Antimateria
By Antimateria (7 months ago)

Sony IS a camera company, Sony IS and "have" Minolta.
Cameras like A900 and A99 are way better of any canikon for ergonomics, look vg or articulated lcd pr dedicated and silent video controls or live view whit no limitations.

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realmadeira
By realmadeira (7 months ago)

This no doubt will make excellent pictures, but will remain ergonomic nightmare. How I am supposed to carry this? I cannot stick it my jeans pocket assembled, should I carry my man purse now (because if I have to carry P&S camera bag then I would take my RX100)? Now if carry this thing separately it would be in my other pocket with my keys? So if I carry my phone in the jeans and the lense in my coat pocket then If I want take a picture I should quickly assemble "the thing"? Somehow I don't see what this is for. Remote shooting with my both hands occupied? To use the lens mounted on the helmet and use a phone as a viewfinder? Wait GoPro is much better than that and it is waterproof). Smartphone cameras are already good enough so that average user would not bother with an extra expensive lense and the serious shooter would never take this assembly seriously

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Digitall
By Digitall (7 months ago)

This Gadget deserve a pop-up flash, could be small to match the style, which was still better than the flash of smartphones. Maybe the next gen. will become with one, for more that $150 for sure.

1 upvote
madmaxmedia
By madmaxmedia (7 months ago)

You balance the flash unit on your nose-

2 upvotes
Sordid
By Sordid (7 months ago)

No camera, lens or whatever is bad enough to deserve a pop up flash.
Pop up flashes stink big time. Unless you use them to control wireless slave flashes, that is.

0 upvotes
nikheat
By nikheat (7 months ago)

I think Sony is trying something very new, and I think we might be surprised by the possibilities of this new form factor and not just for use with your phone.

I know I would like to try a couple things with such a camera...

8 upvotes
pdelux
By pdelux (7 months ago)

The Galaxy S3 Camera dont look so dumb now... actually starting to look like a smart Idea. This however is ludicrous.

0 upvotes
udris
By udris (7 months ago)

think beyond the rectangle

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Gabriel Yeo
By Gabriel Yeo (7 months ago)

This is the stupidest idea.
Where do you put the lens after detaching it and keeping your phone?
Really, Sony may be able to make cameras and phones but they don't know anything about integrating them.

1 upvote
Nuno Souto
By Nuno Souto (7 months ago)

err... you put it back where you got it from?
(facepalm)

3 upvotes
d2f
By d2f (7 months ago)

I have to admit the idea is innovative and I have to tip my hat to Sony for occasionally thinking outside the box. Sure their batting average might be less than perfect but that is the nature of the technology game, as Apple users well know it is better to take a swing at it than to just sit here and strike out. Personally I think this is yet another sign that all the camera companies are facing a dim future as end users choose convenience over quality and no longer have a need for stand alone digital cameras, instead opting for their smartphones. May be this is why more and more camera manufacturers are trying to make their cameras functionally similar to a smartphone. Or as in the case of Sony adapt some of their product line technology to smartphone community. Likewise smartphones have hit the wall and are looking for ways to separate their products from the pack and are focusing on advancing the smartphone photographic attributes as well as the image processing apps.

6 upvotes
Marvol
By Marvol (7 months ago)

As much as I agree with the gist of your post, I have to say this is a bit wrong
"end users choose convenience over quality and no longer have a need for stand alone digital cameras, instead opting for their smartphones"

The downright home run that Sony hit with the RX100 (and to a lesser extent the RX1) shows that quality will sell, if you make it stand out from the crowd.

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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (7 months ago)

No, it's just this first version that is inconvenient and redundant. According to rumors, there are more QX type of cameras to come out. I hope to see one a version that is capable to frame a shot, probably with a built in EVF.

1 upvote
ABM Barry
By ABM Barry (7 months ago)

I guess Sony had to find a use for their rubbish lenses!

3 upvotes
Marvol
By Marvol (7 months ago)

Aside from selling bucket loads of them attached to all these RX100(II)s you mean?

5 upvotes
PixelMover
By PixelMover (7 months ago)

So if there is no wifi or nfc available, you can't use your 'camera'?
Great for trips to the bach, forest, mountains...

0 upvotes
aphexx2
By aphexx2 (7 months ago)

Wifi connection will always be available, because it's just a pairing between the lens and phone. NFC will always be available as well, provided the phone supports it.

0 upvotes
ET2
By ET2 (7 months ago)

It's direct wifi connection between the phone and camera. You are not using wifi via router. The camera acts as wifi hotspot and the phone connects to it directly. As long your camera is on, you have wifi for the phone to connect.

4 upvotes
Marvol
By Marvol (7 months ago)

I thought I read that you can just switch it on and fire away.

You lack any viewfinder but waving it in the general direction of your subject should do it.

1 upvote
new boyz
By new boyz (7 months ago)

I have an idea for Sony or any other hardware makers out there. Please make the attachment as part of a phone casing, make them more unify.

0 upvotes
Marjan
By Marjan (7 months ago)

There is already a phone rear casing attachment for xperia Z
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-SPAACX1-Camera-Attachment-Smartphone/dp/B00EVIXVTO/ref=br_lf_m_1001373741_1_6_img?ie=UTF8&s=photo&pf_rd_p=1611884182&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_t=1401&pf_rd_i=1001373741&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0K537SD6GXV8MJSHRAWN

0 upvotes
Rooru S
By Rooru S (7 months ago)

Drone users rejoice! Now you can take a bunch of these and put them all to make 360° Videos

5 upvotes
forpetessake
By forpetessake (7 months ago)

There are rumors the next QX camera will be 800-2400mm f/4, shaped like a rocket launcher. It will have a magnetic phone holder, which can be mounted facing any direction.
Also in the news, a company, called Cee-U is about to release a golf club shaped mount for QX lenses for discrete and convenient shooting from low positions.
Another hot news just arrived. A third party company is making a magnetic attachment for QX lens with a speaker inside. You will be able to press a lens against your ear to make and receive telephone calls.

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Gabriel Yeo
By Gabriel Yeo (7 months ago)

Every Sony camera design is ugly, especially this.

0 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (7 months ago)

Where's "don't like" option?!

1 upvote
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (7 months ago)

"Where's your smart phone? It seems to be ringing..."

"It's in here somewhere, underneath this pile of ADD ONS..."

.

3 upvotes
udris
By udris (7 months ago)

A reason why not to update one's smart phone plus round objects are easier to pocket/carry than small rectangular boxes called compact cameras

Comment edited 8 minutes after posting
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ET2
By ET2 (7 months ago)

#1 selling camera on Amazon right now is QX100 and #2 is QX10. Not sure how long that party will last, but I think these may end up as Sony's best selling cameras ever.

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forpetessake
By forpetessake (7 months ago)

Except for the fact that nothing yet is being sold. They only accept pre-orders, which are always very volatile and a poor indication of future sales.

0 upvotes
ET2
By ET2 (7 months ago)

Yes, it's #1 and #2 despite pre orders and delivery date 3 weeks away. The sales number will bump even higher on the day the cameras are shipping. That's typical of how it goes. The sales increase on shipping date.

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Plastek
By Plastek (7 months ago)

According to Sony Alpha Rumors - these are already the most pre-ordered cameras Sony ever got.

1 upvote
zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (7 months ago)

My jaw dropped part 2...
Sony, here's an idea for enthusiast/serious ultra compact camera.
1) Builtin EVF - pops like a flash
2) One prime lens version based from the Nokia Pureview 808 idea.
3) Zoom version similar to above.
4) Ergonomically similar to a Handycam, small strap to insert two fingers while securing the camera under with your thumb.
5) Of course, RAW mode. :)

1 upvote
zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (7 months ago)

Next year version with improved and larger EVF, also functions as a very small but bright LCD, possible to frame a shot.
To function as EVF, one will slide a mechanism so that the EVF now protrudes from the rest of the body and the brightness setting will go down suitable for EVF.

0 upvotes
new boyz
By new boyz (7 months ago)

Relax, one feature per release.

2 upvotes
zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (7 months ago)

Sad but true. I could have bought the QX100 if it somehow had an EVF/LCD and RAW mode. Right now, its cumbersome and redundant to use with a smartphone.

0 upvotes
Marvol
By Marvol (7 months ago)

If you think the QX should have had an EVF you really didn't get Sony's idea did you? (hint: think smartphones with LCD screens; think battery use; think size; think cost)

1 upvote
zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (7 months ago)

My jaw dropped...
Sony here's an idea if you truly desire a zoom for the smartphone.
1) Take Nokia's Pureview 808 idea (prime, high quality ultra compact Zeiss lens+1 inch sensor=zoom capability)
2) Get rid of the memory card, internal memory 16/32GB.

We get a slimmer, lighter design that makes more sense and could be attached with a high quality suction cup.

0 upvotes
new boyz
By new boyz (7 months ago)

This is actually a brilliant idea. Smaller attachment, less obtrusive.

2 upvotes
Marvol
By Marvol (7 months ago)

Exchanging the external for internal fixed memory won't do much for overall size and weight. I mean, look at the darn thing. How much space does the memory card reader use of the whole package?

0 upvotes
domina
By domina (4 months ago)

I wouldn't be able to do photography without memory cards... 16 or 32GB of internal memory isn't enough. I carry more than 200GB in memory cards with me every day while doing street photography etc.

0 upvotes
Marvol
By Marvol (7 months ago)

Best use has got to be concerts.

The people behind you aren't staring at your blue glowing screen anymore.
You don't have to strain your neck anymore staring at your LCD screen two feet straight above your head.

Win-win.

2 upvotes
forpetessake
By forpetessake (7 months ago)

Now, the third party manufacturers can start a competition who makes the best body for the QX.

1 upvote
new boyz
By new boyz (7 months ago)

Or who makes the best clip for the lens. I think there's a big market for that.

1 upvote
frod
By frod (7 months ago)

what happens when the phone rings?

1 upvote
new boyz
By new boyz (7 months ago)

Depends on who's calling. Hahaha.

3 upvotes
johnparas11zenfoliodotcom
By johnparas11zenfoliodotcom (7 months ago)

Will the brackets fit the Phablets .. You know those big phones like the samsung Note 2?

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forpetessake
By forpetessake (7 months ago)

No, it won't fit Note, et al. But you can always glue the darn thing to the phone.
P.S. You don't need to throw away the old phone, glue it and use it as a screen.

Comment edited 8 minutes after posting
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new boyz
By new boyz (7 months ago)

3rd party clip will be available for all phones soon.

1 upvote
tsmithau
By tsmithau (6 months ago)

can you please tell me when the third party clip will be available, and where can I buy it. I have a note 2.

Cheers

0 upvotes
b534202
By b534202 (7 months ago)

The problem is that these are designed for people with 3 hands.

6 upvotes
SWSF14
By SWSF14 (7 months ago)

3 reliable hands! Looks slippery.

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forpetessake
By forpetessake (7 months ago)

Monkeys can use all four hands :-)

5 upvotes
new boyz
By new boyz (7 months ago)

Is it really that hard to use it?

1 upvote
Mark Schretlen
By Mark Schretlen (7 months ago)

What a shame! No goolgle glass attachment for Borg wanna-bees.

0 upvotes
forpetessake
By forpetessake (7 months ago)

Is it possible Sony is making their own Glass and that's the whole reason for this camera freak?

1 upvote
Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (7 months ago)

So. Why not think out of the box?

Put that thing on a tripod.
Use your phone to control it.
A kind of studio camera?

Or put that thing on a quad copter.
And see the image on your phone?
Does that work?

6 upvotes
SWSF14
By SWSF14 (7 months ago)

It will be interesting to find out whether or not the camera must be in tethered range of phone during use.

0 upvotes
Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (7 months ago)

Exactly!

If it does not have to, I might be interested.

0 upvotes
new boyz
By new boyz (7 months ago)

For the next release, it will have SIM card slot in it. You can take picture just by a phone call. ahahahaha.

0 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (7 months ago)

For a next release I demand FF sensor and M bayonet.

0 upvotes
peterbooth
By peterbooth (7 months ago)

Works 15' to max 30'
I think one can start the camera, (aboard a quadcopter), with your phone, and let it run. Receive image on phone when in range.
That would be some quad fun.
More range would be great!

0 upvotes
babalu
By babalu (7 months ago)

Samsung has just outwitted this gadget with their latest "Galaxy Gear" smartwatch .

1 upvote
Cipher
By Cipher (7 months ago)

They squeezed a 18MP 10X optical zoom camera into a watch?! This I gotta see!

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TrojMacReady
By TrojMacReady (7 months ago)

And a 117mm² sensor where?

5 upvotes
babalu
By babalu (7 months ago)

There is already a 41 megapixel watch on the market , so I trust Samsung to be able to come up with much higher resolution and better features in a next release of their smartwatch, if they think it would sell. And it's way handier than the QX clip-on. If you really need such photo power for your smartphone, then you'd be better off with a real compact or a small mirrorless camera; in my opinion , the clip-on won't sell well enough to be viable.

0 upvotes
forpetessake
By forpetessake (7 months ago)

Does the watch have a detachable lens too?

0 upvotes
Gabriel Yeo
By Gabriel Yeo (7 months ago)

Samsung will keep designing better looking products than Sony.

0 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (7 months ago)

They don't design anything. It's just copy&paste

0 upvotes
felix from the suburbs
By felix from the suburbs (7 months ago)

You have to remember that Sony took over the Minolta camera business. As a long time Minolta user I always liked the fact that Minolta was quirky and adventurous. It is kinda nice to see Sony continue that tradition.

11 upvotes
Cipher
By Cipher (7 months ago)

Whether these cameras will be come successful remains to be seen. There are cameras out there that have wifi and NFC and have iOS/Android apps for them. Most notably, the Canon Powershot N, which is pretty small. I'm afraid that these lens cameras would most likely be used by...."creepy" people to take photos of other people without them noticing since it doesn't look like a camera. Other uses I can think of...health inspectors, law enforcement, house inspectors because the lens is small enough to get into really cramped places. Someone will need to come out with a stick mount or a flexible goose neck type mount for it.

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dpmaxwell
By dpmaxwell (7 months ago)

Yeeeaaahhh, no.

There are already smaller, cheaper cameras for the "creepy" crowd. Some look like pens, or buttons, or other things that are even less camera like than these Sony cameras.

As for your inspector/law enforcement uses, yeah you guessed it, there are already better solutions for them as well. Some with the goose necks you wish for.

You need to get out more...

4 upvotes
cph71
By cph71 (7 months ago)

sony is really doing a lot of innovative stuff these days.

10 upvotes
Nismo350Z
By Nismo350Z (7 months ago)

"Is that a QX in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?"

Good innovation from Sony but the product itself doesn't seem very practical to carry around. It appears chunky and may likely be left at home once the novelty wears off, with the worry of losing it and not knowing how to carry it. Looking beyond that, it does have its uses. Plus, phones can now have something similar to swivel screens on cameras.

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