Unveiled: Sony Reimagines the Cellphone Camera with the New QX100 and QX10

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Sony has announced two new innovative cameras that are like no other, except of course, each other. The DSC-QX100 Digital Camera and the DSC-QX10 Digital Camera are designed to be clipped to a smartphone and utilize the phone’s screen as a monitor and control panel.

 

The shape of these cameras resembles that of a lens more than a traditional camera; however, they provide many of the same advanced features as other mid-level compact cameras. Indeed, the purpose of these cameras is to blend the benefits of a smartphone—convenience, large touchscreen, and easy sharing—with the image quality and versatility of a high-resolution camera with an optical zoom lens.

The innovation of QX100 and QX10 is that they forgo the camera body per se and attach directly to a smartphone with a sturdy, adjustable, spring-loaded bracket. The built-in Wi-Fi of the camera links to iOS or Android smartphones, the latter of which can utilize convenient NFC (Near Field Communication) for tapping-to-connect support, and once the Wi-Fi connection is established and the free PlayMemories Mobile app has been installed, your phone will serve as the camera grip while you use its screen for composition, playback, and touch-menu control, including touch autofocus. Images are automatically saved to both the smartphone’s memory and to the memory cards of the camera. The QX100 and QX10 are compatible with microSD, microSDHC, Memory Stick Micro, and Memory Stick Micro Mark II memory cards. When images have been wirelessly copied to your smartphone, you can utilize any one of numerous apps to edit, manipulate, store, and share them on social media sites. 

When you are finished shooting, the camera detaches easily. These cameras can also function uncoupled from the smartphone. You can shoot handheld, with the smartphone serving as remote control, or you can use the integrated tripod thread to mount the camera. In addition, the QX100 and QX10 have a physical zoom lever and shutter release on the camera body to shoot without your smartphone and then view your photos later.
 

The DSC-QX100 Digital Camera houses a 20.2MP 1” Back Side Illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor and the BIONZ image processor for high-resolution imaging and effective low-light capture. This is the same sensor-and-processor combination found on the respected Sony RX100 Mark II. Furthermore, the Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8 lens on the QX100 also matches the one on the RX100 II. This lens offers a 3.6x optical zoom with the 35mm focal length equivalence of 28-100mm. Its f/1.8 maximum aperture, on the wide-angle end, is effective in low light and works to enable shallow-depth-of-field shooting.

Enhancing the camera’s low-light capability, ISO sensitivities range from 160 to 12800, and can be expanded to 25600. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization provides compensation for the blur caused by camera shake at longer shutter speeds. The QX100 also supports full HD 1080p video capture at 30 fps in the MP4 format. Stereo audio recording is provided by its built-in microphone; in video mode, Active SteadyShot stabilization reduces the jitters caused by moving while recording. Optical zoom is also supported during video recording.

Intelligent Auto mode and Superior Auto mode adjust the camera’s settings so you don’t have to. They include Face Detection and numerous scene modes to match up with the shot you are taking, and set the camera for precise exposure and white balance. Also, the QX100 has an aperture-priority mode to enable more specific manual control over your exposure settings.
 

The DSC-QX10 Digital Camera attaches to a smartphone with the same physical bracket and offers a one-touch link via Wi-Fi with NFC capabilities like the QX100. With the Sony PlayMemories app, you then use your smartphone’s display as the camera monitor and touch-control panel. The QX10, however, has a Sony G lens with 10x optical zoom for longer focal length reach. The 35mm equivalent focal length is 25-250mm for wide-angle to telephoto perspectives, and its maximum aperture range is f/3.3-4.9. 

The sensor on the QX10 is an 18.2MP 1/2.3” Back Side Illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor and it houses the BIONZ image processor. The sensitivity range of the QX10 is ISO 100-3200, which is further expandable to ISO 12800 for enhanced low-light shooting. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization is supported for effective reduction of blur when shooting at slower shutter speeds. Although aperture-priority mode is not available, program auto, Face Detection, and both Intelligent Auto and Superior Auto with a total of 77 scene modes are provided. Full HD 1080p video at 30 fps in the MP4 format is supported with Active Mode SteadyShot stabilization and stereo sound.

The QX10 offers a very compact form factor, almost half the size and weight of the QX100. In that sense it is ideal for placing on your smartphone and, with its powerful zoom lens and high-resolution sensor, it places sharp, high-quality photos directly onto your smartphone where they are ready for immediate sharing. Additionally, the camera charges via its Micro-USB port, which is conveniently accessible on the camera body. The DSC-QX10 is available in black or white.

For all the gadget hounds who have been waiting for the day when quality imaging could be made by a smartphone, the announcement of the lightweight, easy-to-connect and versatile QX100 and QX10 digital cameras has brought that day much closer.

 

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  Sony DSC-QX10 Digital Camera Sony DSC-QX100 Digital Camera
Imaging
Pixels Total: 18.9MP
Effective: 18.2MP
Total: 20.9MP
Effective: 20.2MP
Image Sensor 1/2.3" (7.76mm) back-illuminated  Exmor R CMOS sensor
R, G, B primary color mosaic filters
1.0" (13.2 x 8.8mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor
R, G, B primary color mosaic filters
Imaging Processor BIONZ BIONZ
Maximum Resolution 18MP: 4896 x 3672 @ 4:3 20MP: 5472 x 3648 @ 3:2
Other Resolutions 13 MP: 4896 x 2752 @ 16:9
5.0 MP: 2592 x 1944 @ 4:3
2.0 MP: 1920 x 1080 @ 16:9
18 MP: 4864 x 3648 @ 4:3
17 MP: 5472 x 3080 @ 16:9
13 MP: 3648 x 3648 @ 1:1
5.0 MP: 2592 x 1944 @ 4:3
5.0 MP: 2736 x 1824  @ 3:2
4.2 MP: 2720 x 1528 @ 16:9
3.7 MP: 1920 x 1920 @ 1:1
Aspect Ratios 4:3, 16:9 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, 1:1
File Formats Still image: JPEG (DCF, Exif, MPF Baseline), DPOF compatible
Movie: MP4
Still Image: JPEG (DCF, Exif, MPF Baseline), DPOF compatible
Movie: MP4
Color Spaces sRGB sRGB
TRILUMINOS Color Yes Yes
Image Stabilization Optical with and without electronic compensation Optical with and without electronic compensation
Shooting Time Lag Approx. 1.2 sec. Approx. 0.21 sec.
Shutter Release Time Lag Approx. 0.04 sec. Approx. 0.04 sec.
Shooting Interval Not specified by manufacturer Approx. 1.0 sec.
Optics
Lens Sony G lens
9 elements in 7 groups (4 aspheric elements)
Maximum aperture: f/3.3-5.9
Minimum aperture: f/8.0
EFL: 4.45-44.5 mm
35 mm equivalent (still image): 25-250mm (4:3), 27.5-275mm (16:9),
35mm equivalent (movie): 27.5-275mm (16:9, SteadyShot Standard), 27.5-385mm (16:9, SteadyShot Active), 33.5-335mm (4:3, SteadyShot Standard), 33.5-469mm (4:3, SteadyShot Active)
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens
7 elements in 6 groups (4 aspheric elements including AA lens)
Maximum aperture: f/1.8-4.9
Minimum aperture: f/11
EFL: 10.4-37.1mm
35mm equivalent (still image): 28-100mm (3:2), 30-108mm (4:3),
 29-105mm (16:9),
36-127mm (1:1)

35mm equivalent (movie):
29-105mm (16:9, SteadyShot Standard),
33-120mm (16:9, SteadyShot Active), 36-128mm (4:3, SteadyShot Standard), 41-146mm (4:3, SteadyShot Active)
Diaphragm blades: 7

Focus  Range iAuto AF:
Wide: approx. 2.0" (5.0 cm) - Infinity
Telephoto: approx. 1.5 m (4.9') to Infinity
Program Auto AF:
Wide: approx. 2.0" (5.0 cm) - Infinity
Telephoto: approx. 1.5 m (4.9') to Infinity)
iAuto AF:
Wide: approx. 2.0" (5.0 cm) - Infinity
Telephoto: approx. 1.8' (0.55 m) to infinity
Program Auto AF:
Wide: approx. 2.0" (5.0 cm) - Infinity
Telephoto: approx. 1.8' (0.55 m) to infinity
Optical Zoom 10x (enabled during movie recording as well as still capture) 3.6x  (enabled during movie recording as well as still capture)
Focus Mode Multi Point AF, Touch AF
Linear Focus
Auto macro
Single-shot AF, Multi-Point AF, Touch AF (Contrast detection) Manual Focus
Linear Focus
Auto macro
Scan System Progressive scan Progressive scan
Exposure
Exposure Modes Superior Auto (44 scenes), Intelligent Auto (33 scenes), Program Auto Superior Auto (44 scenes), Intelligent Auto (33 scenes), Program Auto, Aperture Priority
Exposure Metering Multi-pattern Multi-pattern
Exposure Compensation 2.0 to -2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps 3.0 to -3.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Face Detection Yes, 8 faces Yes, 8 faces
ISO Sensitivity Still image: Auto, 100-12800
Movie: Auto, 100-1000
Still image:
Auto, 160-12800; Expandable to 100-25600
Multi-Frame NR: Auto (160-25600
Movie:
Auto, 160-3200
Minimum Illumination (Movie) Auto: 20 lux (Shutter Speed 1/30 sec) Auto: 3.2 lux (Shutter Speed
1/60 sec)
White Balance Modes Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Fluorescent 3, Incandescent Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent warm white, fluorescent cool white, fluorescent day white, fluorescent daylight, Color temp, Incandescent
Shutter Speed iAuto: 4 - 1/1600 sec.
Program Auto: 1 - 1/1600 sec.
1/4 - 1/1600 sec. when ISO above 3200
iAuto: 4 - 1/2000 sec.
Program Auto: 1 - 1/2000 sec.
Aperture Priority: 8 - 1/2000 sec.
Self-Timer 10 sec.,  2 sec. 10 sec., 2 sec.
Memory
Recordable Media Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (Mark2), microSD, microSDHC Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (Mark2), microSD, microSDHC
Memory Card Capacity Memory Stick Micro: up to 16GB
microSD/SDHC: up to 64GB
Memory Stick Micro: up to 16GB
microSD/SDHC: up to 64GB
Recording
Video Resolution 1440 x 1080 at 30 fps 1440 x 1080 at 30 fps
Video Clip Length Up to 29 min. (15 min. or 2.0 GB in MP4
1440 x 1080 mode
Up to 29 min. (15 min. or 2.0 GB in MP4 1440 x 1080 mode
Audio Recording Stereo Stereo
Playback
Maximum Size Under 14MP: 4320 x 3240 Under 20MP: 5472 x 3648
Printing
Exif Print Yes Yes
PRINT Image Matching (PIM3 Yes Yes
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity Micro USB, USB 2.0 Micro USB, USB 2.0
Wireless Yes, NFC (forum Type 3 Tag compatible) and Wi-Fi for smartphone connection
One-touch remote, control with smartphone, send image to smartphone
Yes, NFC (forum Type 3 Tag compatible) and Wi-Fi for smartphone connection
One-touch remote, control with smartphone, send image to smartphone
System Requirements iOS or Android Smartphone
PlayMemories mobile app
iOS or Android Smartphone
PlayMemories Mobile App
Power
Power Source NP-BN battery (3.6 VDC, 630 mAh, 2.3 Wh) (supplied)
NP-BN1 battery (optional)
5.0 VDC AC adapter (optional)
NP-BN battery (3.6 VDC, 630 mAh, 2.3 Wh) (supplied)
NP-BN1  battery (optional)
5.0 VDC AC adapter (optional)
Power Consumption Approx. 1.1W Approx. 1.2W
Start-up Time Approx. 6.9 sec. Approx. 6.9 sec.
Physical
Tripod Mount Yes Yes
Construction Plastic Plastic
Operating temperature 32 to 104 deg F (0 to 40 deg C) 32 to 104 deg F (0 to 40 deg C)
Storage temperature 140 to -4 deg F (60 to -20 deg C) 140 to -4 deg F (60 to -20 deg C)
Dimensions 2.5 x 2.5 x 1.2" (62.4 x 61.8 x 30.0mm) 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.1" (62.5 x 62.5 x 52.2mm)
Weight Approx. 3.7 oz (105 g) with battery and Memory Stick Micro
Approx. 3.2 oz (90 g) camera only
Approx. 6.3 oz (179 g) with battery and Memory Stick Micro
Approx. 5.8 oz (165 g) camera only

 

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The million dollar question is: Can you use this camera with the Hipstamatic app? I get the feeling that you cannot, leading to the next million dollar question: Why aren't camera manufacturers making a real camera that utilizes Hipstamatic type technology? Why are they ignoring an aspect of photography as important as the lense and format? Film type. Paper, etc. Even "defects" like light leakage. Given the resources available to the major camera companies, one would expect someone to embrace this idea. A camera that took this into consideration including adding chance elements would be a sensational hit with photographers.

Ah, this is an exciting concept actually.
I will have to wait for the capability to shoot in RAW format to be added. Hopefully this type of camera catches on before cell phones are obsolete!

Thanks for the helpful comparison.

I would also appreciate very much, if you can use these camera with the Hipstamatic app.

Color resolution (72- 150- 300 < what

Hi Jay -

Color resolution (also called color depth) refers to the number of possible colors in an image, as determined by the bits-per-pixel. If an image in your computer is loaded from a FAX scanner or received as a FAX transmission, it is a black-and-white (1-bit) image. If it is loaded from a color scanner or a JPEG file, it can have 16 million colors. If it is loaded from a GIF file, it is likely to have 256 colors. There are many possibilities, ranging from two colors to 16 million. 

Unfortunately SONY does not provide this specification. It shoots to a jPEG file and offers sRGB colorspace.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

mostly such development ends up there not in developing country  such as Malawi ......ofcourse we get discouraged as far as technology is concerned........but is nice!!! its software too