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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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SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (7 months ago)

Preposterous.
"Never give a sucker an even break" - W.C. Fields

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Ben O Connor
By Ben O Connor (7 months ago)

Sony , otherwise could not placed a "carl zeiss" objective on any of their phones. Because of Carl Zeiss´s agreemnets on Nokia.

Its a nice shortcut to use sometihng carl eziss, not with sony only but anything which is competible.

But anyway, sorry Sony, I am waiting for Nokia Lumia 1020 ;)

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cjhacker23
By cjhacker23 (7 months ago)

Sony always go 90 percent of the way to a great product and then stumble badly on that last 10 percent. Why, oh why, would you not allow for RAW recording or any manual control? This is an enthusiast device, for cripes sake! I had the thing on pre-order the moment it was available this morning and as soon as I read this, I cancelled it. And Sony's poor track record with firmware updates does not give me confidence that this oversight will be reconciled.

Ah well.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (7 months ago)

For RAW they'd have to use the phone's processing power and storage system, not to mention transfer over WiFi. Can your phone keep up? Can mine?

Manual control seems like a no brainer, but considering it is app controlled, I am sure it can be done.

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meanwhile
By meanwhile (7 months ago)

"For RAW they'd have to use the phone's processing power and storage system"

Not necessarily. They could shoot JPEG+RAW and store the RAWs on the card.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (7 months ago)

Good point. When I typed that reply I did not know the camera module had its own storage.

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Just a Photographer
By Just a Photographer (7 months ago)

I yet have to see if this will become successful.

My feeling says utter failure - an obsolete product with no future..
That 'special moment' is already over.... once you have finally attached this lens to your phone.

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