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Sony DSC-QX10 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • Clips to Smartphone and Shoots Uncoupled
  • 18.2MP 1/2.3" Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ Image Processor
  • Sony G 10x Optical Zoom Lens
  • 25-250mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • HD 1080p Video at 30 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and NFC Connectivity
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Compose and Adjust Settings from Phone
  • Saves Images on Smartphone and Camera

The black DSC-QX10 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones from Sony is an innovative camera that combines the image quality of a 10x zoom lens and 1/2.3" Exmor R BSI CMOS sensor with the ever-present convenience and sharing capability of the smartphone. 

What is original about the QX10 is its form factor. It looks less like a camera and more like just a lens. However, despite the fact that it has no viewfinder or LCD, it is indeed a camera. Its innovation is that it can be clipped directly to almost any smartphone and via its built-in Wi-Fi connection, utilize the phone's large display screen for composition, playback and touch menu control including touch autofocus. It can also be used uncoupled from the smartphone, either handheld or mounted using its integrated tripod thread. 

With the 18.2MP CMOS sensor and BIONZ image processor, the QX10 creates high-resolution images and ISO sensitivities that expand to 12800 and SteadyShot optical image stabilization provide effective low light capture. The lens on the QX10 is a Sony G 10x optical zoom lens with the 35mm focal length equivalent of 25-250mm. This provides a very versatile focal length range that incorporates true wide angle to long telephoto capability.

The built-in Wi-Fi of the QX10 connects to your iOS or Android smartphone and once the Wi-Fi connection is established and the free PlayMemories Mobile App is installed, your phone will act as viewer and menu control for the camera. With Android smartphones, NFC (Near Field Communication) enables a Wi-Fi connection with just a simple tap between the phone and camera. Furthermore, with the Wi-Fi connection enabled, you can use your smartphone as a remote control and shoot with the camera detached from the smartphone. In addition, a zoom lever and shutter button on the camera enable you to shoot without a smartphone at all and view your images later. Images will be saved to both the camera's memory and the smartphone's memory. The camera can utilize Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro Mark II and microSD and microSDHC memory cards for image storage.  

HD 1080p at 30 fps in the MP4 format is supported by the QX10 for quality video capture and a built-in stereo microphone records audio. Also, the camera offers numerous assistive features such as Intelligent Auto, Superior Auto and Face Detection. There are 44 scene modes in Superior Auto and 33 in Intelligent Auto to enable the camera to match your shot with one of the numerous stored scenes and automatically adjust the settings to create a well-balanced and color-accurate photo.

Your smartphone gives you access to countless apps for editing and sharing your photos so, thanks to the QX10, you will have high quality photos stored directly to your  smartphone, sharing to social media sites is easy.

Attach to your Smartphone
Use the included adjustable, spring-loaded bracket to attach the QX10 to your smartphone and turn your smartphone into a 10x optical zoom camera with 18.2MP CMOS sensor.
Sensor
The DSC-QX10 features a back side-illuminated 18.2MP 1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS sensor producing low noise images even in low light, far surpassing the quality of images shot by smartphones.
Wi-Fi with NFC
The DSC-QX10 allows easy connection with smartphones via Wi-Fi. Shoot from your iOS or Android smartphones and record images with the quality of a dedicated camera. Furthermore, all of the camera's features can be accessed via your smartphone's display screen thanks to the free PlayMemories Mobile App. And thanks to NFC (Near Field Communication), Android enabled devices can establish a Wi-Fi connection with a simple tap of the camera to phone.
Memory
Images are conveniently saved to both the camera and smartphone's memory automatically. With the PlayMemories Mobile App you'll then be able to hit "share" on the App to organize, edit and share. The QX10 utilizes microSD, microSDHC memory cards as well as the Memory Stick Micro and Memory Stick Micro Mark 2.
Shoot Uncoupled
The DSC-QX10 can also be used uncoupled from your smartphone. Hold the camera in one hand and your phone in the other, or use the universal tripod screw thread to mount your camera to any number of mounts to experience versatile, stable shooting. A zoom lever and shutter release button are located on the camera and can be utilized to adjust focal lengths and shoot the camera whether it is linked to the smartphone or shooting uncoupled.
10x Optical Zoom Lens
With a Sony G 10x optical zoom lens with f/3.3-5.9 maximum aperture and the 35mm focal length equivalence of 25-250mm, the QX10 creates sharp, high-resolution images. The versatile zoom lens enables a range of focal lengths from wide-angle to telephoto and will incorporate most any shooting situation. Zoom function is operated either from the smartphone's display or with an on-camera lever.
HD 1080p Video Capture
Record high quality 1080/30p HD video even in low light situations. The MP4 format is ideal for enjoying and sharing your HD movies on your smartphone, computer or over the internet.
Image Stabilization
Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization helps to control blur caused by camera shake which will give you clearer images especially when shooting in low light or at the telephoto end of the zoom. Active Mode SteadyShot stabilization controls the effects of camera shake when shooting video.
Camera Control
From the large LCD, OLED or AMOLED display of your smartphone you can intuitively control zoom, aperture, exposure, white balance, focusing and more with the free PlayMemories Mobile App.
Intelligent Auto
The DSC-QX10 can recognize scenes like low-light, back-lit, macro and more to automatically adjust the camera making sure you will always get balanced, properly exposed photos. Numerous scene modes will best adjust the camera's settings to match the pre-selected scene to the image you are shooting.
Apps
Numerous smartphone apps are available for editing and sharing via text, email and various social media sites like Facebook and Instagram.
Imaging
Pixels Actual: 18.9 Megapixel
Effective: 18.2 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.3" CMOS
File Formats Still Images: JPEG
Movies: MP4
Max Resolution 18MP: 4896 x 3672
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical
Color Spaces sRGB
Optics
Lens 9 elements in 7 groups
4 Aspherical
EFL: 4.45-44.5 mm (35 mm equivalent: 25-250 mm)
Aperture: f/3.3 (W) - 5.9 (T) to f/8
Filter Thread None
Zoom Optical: 10x
Focus Range Wide: 1.97" (5 cm) - Infinity
Telephoto: 4.92' (150 cm) - Infinity
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 160-3200 (Extended Mode: 12800-)
Shutter 1 - 1/1600 sec in Program Mode
4 - 1/1600 sec in Auto Mode
Exposure Metering Multi
Exposure Modes Modes: Intelligent Auto, Programmed Auto
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Shooting Modes Intelligent Auto
Movie
Program Auto
Superior Auto
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade
Self Timer 2 Sec, 10 Sec
Interval Recording No
Memory
Memory Card Type Memory Stick Micro (up to 16GB)
Memory Stick Micro (M2) (up to 16GB)
microSD (up to 2GB)
microSDHC (up to 32GB)
Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Resolution 1440 x 1080: 30 fps
Video
Video Clip Length Up to 2GB or 15 Minutes
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity 1x Micro-USB
1x USB 2.0
Wi-Fi Yes built-in
Environmental
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Storage
-4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
Waterproofing None
Power
Battery 1x NP-BN Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6VDC
AC Power Adapter AC-UD10 (Optional)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.5 x 2.4 x 1.2" / 62.4 x 61.8 x 30.0 mm
Weight 3.17 oz / 90 g without battery and memory card
Sony DSC-QX10 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones (Black)
  • NP-BN Rechargeable Battery
  • Smartphone Attachment Bracket
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • Limited 1-year Warranty
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    SonyDSC-QX10 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones (White)
     
    3.3

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    64%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (6)
    • Good in low light (5)
    • Zoom range/performance (5)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Good battery life (4)

    Cons

    • Lag / shutter delay (4)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (4)
    • Family photos (3)
    • Macro photography (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (5)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Now this is NICE!

    I followed their instructions to the letter and had it taking pictures to my Samsung III within minutes. Being 75 I have had my share of problems with other stuff. Works perfectly with my...Read complete review

    I followed their instructions to the letter and had it taking pictures to my Samsung III within minutes. Being 75 I have had my share of problems with other stuff. Works perfectly with my iPad Air also. I am amazed at the distance from the camera to my phone that it works so well. High school basketball pictures with the little camera on a Gorilla tripod mounted to a railing 20 feet from me works perfect.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great idea, awful execution

    Small camera is easy to take with you. Pictures are typical for compact cameras, lots of pixels, lousy low-light performance. 10 X optical zoom is great to have tied to your phone....Read complete review

    Small camera is easy to take with you. Pictures are typical for compact cameras, lots of pixels, lousy low-light performance. 10 X optical zoom is great to have tied to your phone. Remote use (in hand above crowd) is fun to use.But I expect much better user experience from Sony. Shutter button to exposure time is acceptable with slight lag. Exposure to screen is ~ 2 seconds in 2 Meg mode, and 5-6 sec for full resolution. If you use the button on the camera as opposed to the one on the screen, you can take a picture (but only one) during the readout. If you use the on-screen shutter button you have to wait. Not for small children or sports, but works well for landscapes and sleeping cats ;)Another massive frustration is the WiFi connection (iPhone 5). Of course you have your phone set up to connect to your home network. So to use the camera, you clamp on phone, turn on, open phone, enter security key, enter setup, go to WiFi, select camera, exit setup, scroll to PlayMemories, start app wait about 4 seconds for app to start and discover camera. Now you can shoot. Camera battery lifetime is short, so you will not want to just leave it on, meaning the WiFi will revert to home. Oh, another picture? start at the beginning with setup etc all over.Camera has none of the camera control modes of a $120 class compact point and shoot (with built in WiFi, a flash, and considerably more capability). You will miss the flash, and panaroama modes (use the phone!). No annotation. No geo tagging even with the phone's GPS. One gets the sense the product was rushed out the door with little software effort or thought about integration with the phone.For the cost of the novelty you can buy a *very* capable compact point and shoot or a low-end mirrorless. The QX is a horrible attempt at new with unfinished minimal software, slow speeds and minimal photographic capability, for twice the cost of comparable gph, wifi pocket cameras. Don't bother, or at least remember to keep the box and all packing material: you will need it for the return.

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    5.0

    Lightweight Gem of a Camera

    By Dr. Frog

    from Palm Bay, FL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Travel

      Comments about DSC-QX10 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones (Black):

      Great for Macro, discreet hand-held street shots, and for interesting viewpoints using a simple Justin clamp that I clip onto my monopod or lightstand gets me either a "wormseye or a 10 foot tall giant's view" of my subject. When clipped onto my cellphone it's a great conversation starter and ice-breaker. Image quality great for sharing. Great zoom.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Great Toy!

      By Thiago Frade

      from São Paulo, SP

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Battery Life
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Great Zoom
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Lag / Shutter Delay

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Macro Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about DSC-QX10 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones (White):

      Positives:
      - Good quality image
      - Good optical Zoom
      - Too much portable
      - Beautiful design
      - Great with low light
      - fast to connect with the phone

      Negatives:
      - Slow to take pictures
      - Playmemories app not many features and effects

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      3.0

      Good opticals, but slow in operation

      By Bink

      from Brooklyn, NY

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Improves The Quality Of I
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Slow To Respond
      • The App Works Slowly

      Best Uses

        Comments about DSC-QX10 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones (Black):

        What's good about it is that it improves smartphone image quality significantly, it's small and pleasant to use. Exposure can be very easily adjusted, it's got a good optical zoom, it's basically a significant optical improvement on the iPhone camera.

        What's bad about it is that it is slow. It works over a little local network wifi connection to the smartphone and you operate the camera via an app. This is all very ingenious but it also slows things down significantly, in a number of ways. Images are slow to capture, if you're already on a wifi connection you'll have to adjust that before taking a picture, the app is relatively slow to boot up.

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        • No

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        3.0

        Very interesting but very weird

        By Andrew the Goon

        from New Jersey

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Battery Life
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Great Zoom
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay
        • No Viewfinder

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography
        • Video

        Comments about DSC-QX10 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones (White):

        I bought this because it's such a unique camera and it takes phenomenal video and really good pictures. The problem with the unique form factor is that it's hard to know that your photos are properly framed, and it takes so long to pair with a phone that you might miss some important moments. Grab this only if you want to have fun and are patient.

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        • No

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        1.0

        Should Have Returned It

        By SactoBob

        from Sacramento, CA

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

          Comments about DSC-QX10 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones (White):

          The previous review is not understating the communication hassle between the camera and one's smartphone. It is frustrating enough to cause one not to use the camera. One wonders why they didn't design this with Bluetooth instead of a mini WiFI net that takes 30-45 seconds to establish then is lost if the camera goes into power save sleep.

          Also, being in my 70's, the fingers aren't as nimble as they were at one time, thus I find the spring loaded clipping affair difficult to get on to the camera. The operation is easy; it's the keeping the tabs spread out while sliding onto the phone that is hard. The photo results are on par with the several small point & shoots that I have owned. In other words, they are very average.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          1.0

          Reasonably idea but ugly execution

          By El Tata

          from Culiacan, Mx

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about DSC-QX10 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones (Black):

                The idea of providing some functionality to smart phones is appealing. However the communications between the lens and the phone is just ludicrous and makes the device useless, in most real life cases. It is a pity Sony, makers of really amazing artifacts, coming to this shortcoming.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Great idea, awful execution

                By OpticalDeeeb

                from Acton, Massachusetts

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • SMALL

                Cons

                • Lousy Software
                • Poor Design
                • Slow

                Best Uses

                • Paperweight

                Comments about DSC-QX10 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones (White):

                Small camera is easy to take with you. Pictures are typical for compact cameras, lots of pixels, lousy low-light performance. 10 X optical zoom is great to have tied to your phone. Remote use (in hand above crowd) is fun to use.But I expect much better user experience from Sony. Shutter button to exposure time is acceptable with slight lag. Exposure to screen is ~ 2 seconds in 2 Meg mode, and 5-6 sec for full resolution. If you use the button on the camera as opposed to the one on the screen, you can take a picture (but only one) during the readout. If you use the on-screen shutter button you have to wait. Not for small children or sports, but works well for landscapes and sleeping cats ;)Another massive frustration is the WiFi connection (iPhone 5). Of course you have your phone set up to connect to your home network. So to use the camera, you clamp on phone, turn on, open phone, enter security key, enter setup, go to WiFi, select camera, exit setup, scroll to PlayMemories, start app wait about 4 seconds for app to start and discover camera. Now you can shoot. Camera battery lifetime is short, so you will not want to just leave it on, meaning the WiFi will revert to home. Oh, another picture? start at the beginning with setup etc all over.Camera has none of the camera control modes of a $120 class compact point and shoot (with built in WiFi, a flash, and considerably more capability). You will miss the flash, and panaroama modes (use the phone!). No annotation. No geo tagging even with the phone's GPS. One gets the sense the product was rushed out the door with little software effort or thought about integration with the phone.For the cost of the novelty you can buy a *very* capable compact point and shoot or a low-end mirrorless. The QX is a horrible attempt at new with unfinished minimal software, slow speeds and minimal photographic capability, for twice the cost of comparable gph, wifi pocket cameras. Don't bother, or at least remember to keep the box and all packing material: you will need it for the return.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Now this is NICE!

                By Foxfire

                from Smoky Mountains of North Carolina

                About Me Gearhead

                Pros

                • Easy Controls
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about DSC-QX10 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones (White):

                    I followed their instructions to the letter and had it taking pictures to my Samsung III within minutes. Being 75 I have had my share of problems with other stuff. Works perfectly with my iPad Air also. I am amazed at the distance from the camera to my phone that it works so well. High school basketball pictures with the little camera on a Gorilla tripod mounted to a railing 20 feet from me works perfect.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Share this review

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Good Price

                    By rwacha

                    from Rio de Janeiro / Brasil

                    Comments about DSC-QX10 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones (Black):

                    The camera and very good, simple utilizar.e works very well coupled to the iphone. The downside is for the program provided by Sony (for installation on iOS) is very simploreo without advanced features of photography.

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                    4.0

                    Neat gadget

                    By ALGESQ

                    from New York, New York

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Lag / Shutter Delay
                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel

                    Comments about DSC-QX10 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones (Black):

                    It works as advertised. Easy to install and easy to take pictures. More settings would be appreciated. The only complaint is the internal wi-fi that allows you to see what the camera is seeing on the phone seems a bit slow. I'm hoping to see improvement when I upgrade from the 4S to 5S Iphone. No flash feature is a problem for night time indoor shooting.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    DSC-QX10 Digital Camera

                    By CL

                    from Brooklyn Ny

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • No Viewfinder
                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Travel

                    Comments about DSC-QX10 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones (White):

                    Better quality pic and 10 optical zoom

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 9
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    4.0

                    Fun little camera!

                    By Margie

                    from Houston, TX

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Lag / Shutter Delay

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos

                    Comments about DSC-QX10 Digital Camera Module for Smartphones (White):

                    I bought this camera as alternative to carrying my DSLR all the time. Great for those moments when I wished I had my camera. Basically does what it claims to do, the app is a bit glitchy but am sure that will get sorted. Overall, it's a fun little camera, easy to carry, easily attaches to my iPhone or mini gorilla tripod.

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                    • No

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                    Required item: A memory card is not included, be sure to purchase enough storage capacity.

                    Transcend -  8GB microSDHC Memory Card Premium 300x Class 10 UHS-I with microSD Adapter
                    • You Pay: $8.95
                     

                    Batteries & Power

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                    Always keep a spare battery handy so you won't get caught without power.

                    Sony -  NP-BN1 Rechargeable Battery Pack
                    • You Pay: $31.38
                     
                    Watson -  NP-BN1 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (3.7V, 600mAh)
                    • You Pay: $19.95
                     

                    Bags & Straps

                    Carry, store, and protect all your equipment with a bag or a strap.

                    Sony -  DSC-QX10 Lens-Style Camera Case
                    • You Pay: $18.35
                     
                    OP/TECH USA -  Fold-Over Pouch #301 (Black)
                    • You Pay: $10.95
                     

                    Card Readers

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                    Download your pictures faster and save battery life.

                    Transcend -  RDF5 USB 3.0 SDHC / SDXC / microSDHC/SDXC Memory Card Reader
                    • You Pay: $6.29
                     

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