Our first views of the Sony DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 lens-style

Sony have just announced two cameras that potentially could change not only the way that digital cameras look but the way that they are operated in years to come.

The new QX10 and the QX100 are , for a digital camera, are rather strange looking cameras and are like nothing we have seen before. They are both very compact, barrel shaped and without the usual LCD screen we now come to expect from a camera. Instead, Sony have created the worlds first Wireless Lens designed to work with any WiFi enabled smartphone.

The camera can connect to any smartphone using Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile™ app which is available on both iOS™ and Android™ devices. Also, with compatible devices, NFC will allow you to ‘bump’ the two devices together to begin the connection. The cameras both have Micro SD memory card slots, shutter buttons and a zoom switch .This means they can be used without connecting to a camera. However without a viewfinder this would be rather difficult. Once connected they can be used hand held off camera or even utilizing the tripod mount for taking shots. Alternatively it can be attached to your smartphone with the adjustable adapter that is included in the box. Once connected, the app gives you the ability to remotely release the shutter, start and stop movie recordings, and to adjust the all the camera's settings like the shooting modes.

Both the QX10 and QX100 se sensors and lens assemblies from current well respected Sony DSC's. The QX10 shares the WX150's impressive 18.2 Mega-pixel Exmor R Chip and 10x optical zoom (25-250mm). The QX100 as also borrowed some parts from an existing compact but, some might say more excitingly, it has borrowed from the RX100 MK II. The QX100 not only inherits the superb f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens, sporting a 3x optical zoom but the 1" sized 20.2 Exmor R CMOS sensor.

"But my smartphone already has a camera, why would I want to add another to it?" I hear you say. This might well be true, but although the quality of smartphones has vastly improved over the last few years there still isn't really a smartphone that takes professional quality shots that the QX's will undoubtedly produce. Also, we have all had a time when you haven't taken your camera either because it is too bulky, heavy or didn't think you would use it and a photo opportunity arises. Most people will use their phone but then only kick themselves when they think how much better the shot could have been on their camera on them. Sony has certainly considered this and the QX range solves it. The QX100 the heavy of the two) weighs in at just 179G, over a 100g's lighter than Sony's RX100 II and only around 50g's heavy than most smartphones. Size wise it’s also very respectable at a mere 63 x 63 x 56 mm.

These two factors combined mean it can be easily slipped in a handbag or in a coat pocket with minimal disruption to your night out, long walk etc.

The new Cyber-shot QX100 and QX10  lens-style cameras are expected to arrive at the end of September 2013. Full details are available at www.ParkCameras.com. Alternatively, call one of our technical advisors on 01444 23 70 70, or visit our state-of-the-art showroom in Burgess Hill, West Sussex.

Marc Read
Park Cameras Ltd.

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