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Sony releases firmware update for QX10 and QX100

By dpreview staff on Feb 1, 2014 at 14:00 GMT

Originally announced in December 2013, Sony has now made available firmware updates for the QX10 and QX100 cameras that clip on to the front of your smartphone. Version 2.0 adds full HD movie recording and expands ISO settings on both cameras. The QX100 also gains an extra Shutter Priority mode. 

The QX10 features a F3.3-5.9, 10X optical zoom, equivalent to 25-250mm, and a 18.2 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor. The higher end, 20.2 megapixel QX100 has the same 1-inch sensor and F1.8-4.9, 28-100mm lens as the Sony RX100 II premium compact. Both modules can be used as standalone units but they are designed to work in concert with a smartphone by way of Sony's PlayMemories Mobile app.

Improvements:

  • Full HD movie recording (QX100 and QX10): Both cameras will now be able to shoot 1920x1080 (30p) -- up from 1440x1080 (30p). 
  • Expanded ISO shooting range (QX100 and QX10): Each of the cameras will now be able to shoot at higher ISO settings for greater versatility in low-light conditions. The QX10 camera will be expanded from max ISO 1600 to max ISO 3200. The QX100 camera will be expanded from max ISO 3200 to max ISO 12800.
  • Shutter Priority ("S") mode (QX100 only): The Shutter Priority ("S") mode will be added to the QX100 camera to allow direct access control to shutter speed.

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Total comments: 27
NeilJones
By NeilJones (2 months ago)

and early reports are coming in. Yep, they are still crap!

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (2 months ago)

Why are they crap?

I don’t think clunky is a synonym for crap.

Or do you simply rule out anything that doesn’t shoot raw?

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (2 months ago)

Yup, they are in no way "crap", unless you absolutely need RAW. (Dunno about the newly-added 1080p video mode - hope it's, at last, as good as that of the RX 100 Mk II.) Actually, WRT GPS tagging (assuming the host phone does have GPS support - 99% of them do), they're even superior to the stand-alone cameras like the RX 100 Mk II.

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offertonhatter
By offertonhatter (2 months ago)

It does not work for the QX10. In spite of it saying for both QX10 and QX100 at the top of the web page, when you try to update the QX10, it says it is incompatible.......
Sony, please make your mind up, or at the very least bring out the firmware that does work for the QX10.

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offertonhatter
By offertonhatter (2 months ago)

I have since found a Sony page with the QX10 firmware:-

http://www.sony.co.uk/support/en/product/DSC-QX10/downloads/FW_DSC-QX10_V2_WIN

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digicosmos
By digicosmos (2 months ago)

The first sentence is grammatically incorrect...

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Digitall
By Digitall (2 months ago)

Does Sony just makes updates to products that will sell poorly? has some logic. Certainly many users are waiting months for a some light to enlighten the RX100 in some aspects? Oh no, after all, the RX100 and RX100 II sells well. No need upgrades. Sony philosophy.

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TrojMacReady
By TrojMacReady (2 months ago)

It's actually the other way around. Those that have gotten updates, were usually the hotsellers. Leading to criticism that only the popular cameras get their support. And this example does not contradict that theory.

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (2 months ago)

These lens have had some MAJOR disadvantages, making them much less versatile than the RX 100 Mk II. The support for RAW and true 1080p AVCHD were two of them. Now, the second issue seems to be fixed. I hope RAW support will also be added some day.

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leonche64
By leonche64 (2 months ago)

Where do you get that these products have sold poorly? Because you did not purchase them?

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Digitall
By Digitall (2 months ago)

Yes partly formed by my opinion. As is normal. I have an opinion, and may not even be the most certain, but always willing to rectify when providing credible numbers, not the unofficial numbers that someone want us believe. An article that says that the big retail chains, at least the best known of these models have made large orders, MediaMarkt (EU) and Amazon (US). An article that goes a bit disguised advertising. In the shops of MediaMarkt I asked if they were selling well QX series, in which it was said that they had 10 in stock 1 sold at the time. This was two weeks ago. And I do not need to buy products that say they sell well or not. There are many sources of information, but so far no credible. NAI yet seen anyone till date with some shooting on the street is that just me? However the RX series I see a lot of people, yes this model is sold so "little". Maybe a rumor,or not, http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/sr5-sources-say-qx-is-already-the-most-preordered-sony-camera-in-history/

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T3
By T3 (2 months ago)

@Digitall- why the obsession over whether they are selling well? Why all the digging around and research? Time to take your meds and get a life, LOL.

I think it's great that at least some companies are willing to think outside the box. As a 1st gen product, I think it's great. Future iterations will only be better. The first of anything is going to be fairly primitive. In today's smart phones, we have extremely powerful devices with considerable processing power. It only makes sense to be able to attach a photo module onto these powerful little computers we all carry around, to harness their power. I'm glad Sony was forward-thinking enough to see the potential of this idea.

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Smeggypants
By Smeggypants (2 months ago)

How internet facts are born:

[Product X] is released

A few people say "I don't like [Product X], IMO it won't sell well!"

After a while this propagates around the Web and turns into

"Product X isn't selling well!"

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leonche64
By leonche64 (2 months ago)

I have no idea about the big retail stores in your neck of the woods. I know they are popular with the folks over here. Saw 4 people using them 2 weeks ago on the campus of Shenzhen University, one attached to an R/C car and noticed a few on Chinese New Year at Times Square in Hong Kong. I saw zero Nikon DF's during that time. Should I declare them a failure? The world is bigger than your neighborhood.

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Nyo
By Nyo (2 months ago)

Firmware upgrade by Sony? Can't believe it.

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hippo84
By hippo84 (2 months ago)

My Sony A77 had 6 updates. A99 was updated 2 times, same as A850. Do You really know what You are talking about?

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Felix E Klee
By Felix E Klee (2 months ago)

Is it possible to live-stream high quality video from the QX10, for example to use it as a webcam?

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Flying Snail
By Flying Snail (2 months ago)

No firmware update can fix a failed concept.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (2 months ago)

As a remote computer controlled camera(s) it's not a failed concept.

Yes I think they're both big and clunky, but it's a neat idea.

Would be better if the QX100 recorded raw. That's something firmware could add in the future.

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AndreSJ
By AndreSJ (2 months ago)

Yes but why not just by a wifi camera that does exactly the same thing, the only correct thing about the Q100 is the is the price in comparison to its camera equivalent. the Q10 is just a piece of tat that has no place haha

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Thoughts
By Thoughts (2 months ago)

The sales suggest otherwise

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AndreSJ
By AndreSJ (2 months ago)

There is a lot of silly people in the world but i believe in educating silly people not feeding there silliness for a quick buck

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TrojMacReady
By TrojMacReady (2 months ago)

He said educate.

Must..... resist.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (2 months ago)

AndreSJ:

Both of these cameras have bigger sensors than most inexpensive wifi cameras, and of course the QX100's sensor is much bigger.

Now there are big sensored wifi cameras like say the Samsung Galaxy NX, and to a lessor extent the NX300, but neither is cheap.

Last: Remember one doesn’t have to use wifi with these Sony cameras for much more than setup, since once setup the cameras can record to removable M-SD cards.

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vadims
By vadims (2 months ago)

The most promising change is the shutter priority mode, because that is essentially a feature addition -- something that Sony is... well, not famous for doing via firmware updates.

Hope this breaks the ice and Sony follow up with RX100Mk2 firmware update that really fixes few annoying things in it. Like, say, horrible implementation of zooming with front wheel: first slight rotation enters "zoom mode" and only second actually changes the zoom (imagine you turn steering wheel and your car enters "turn mode" first w/o actually turning...). It would be nice if they added an option of zooming on the very first small rotation.

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gate1948
By gate1948 (2 months ago)

Hello everyone! I did the update for the QX-100. It takes a few minutes and the instructions are precise (you have to press the shutter and the micro-card has to be out of the camera). Read carefully the instructions. I took 2 shots in low light situations and I'm impress. I don't know too much about all the new parameters yet. I was waiting for that update. I had a chat last week on the web, Sony chat and the guy did not know about this update announced on the DPreview. A shame... I'm glad. DPreview was right. Good job and seems to be good for the camera. Good Job so far Sony.

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AndreSJ
By AndreSJ (2 months ago)

Which Q lens do you have?? please tell me its the Q10??

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