Smartphones and tablets are great pieces of technology. There is no doubt about their efficiency and usefulness when you are on the go. Photo fanatics may slightly disagree, because when it comes to taking really awesome photos, the smartphones and tablets of today may still fall short of what a camera can do. For one, taking pictures in low light conditions is still a disappointment. And how about some easy control over focus and depth, or even simple thumb shots? No doubt camera phones are getting better by the day, but Sony’s going one step better with its upcoming smartphone attachable lens style camera, the DSC-QX100.
The DSC-QX100 is like a clip-on lens that makes the best of your smartphone’s high resolution screen with some top camera features such as the optics, zoom and sensor to create professional looking DSLR-quality pictures on my humble smartphone!
The DSC-QX100 Features
A Snap-On Lens
The lightweight DSC-QX100 can easily be attached to your smartphone to convert it into a professional-grade camera. It has a powerful 3.6x zoom and an optical image stabilization feature that will let you capture 20MP photos and 30p videos from your smartphone.
You can connect the DSC-QX100 to your iOS or Android device using Wi-Fi, with the help of the One touch NFC feature. That means no wires or cables are needed.
Editing and Sharing
You can instantly edit and share the images you captured with the DSC-QX100 using apps that you have on your smartphone. So that means you can also effortlessly share your professional photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instgram. And if you want to make a bit of money, you can even create reports and upload them to Clashot.
When you link your DSC-QX100 to your smartphone, you’ll get all your camera functions instantly available on your smartphone. Your smartphone screen becomes a versatile viewfinder where you can see your shots as you should.
If you’re getting a blurred shot from your DSC-QX100, simple uncouple it from your phone and reach out to shoot with the lens. Your NFC connection will ensure that you still see how your shot will turn out. Alternatively, you can mount your DSC-QX100 on a tripod and capture beautiful portrait shots too!
Do Everything with PlayMemories Mobile
When you attach the DSC-QX100 to your smartphone, you can instantly make use of the free PlayMemories Mobile app to edit your photos, organize them into albums, export them, and share them with others.
Images captured with the DSC-QX100 will be saved automatically on your camera as well as on your smartphone. This ensures your data doesn’t get accidentally lost.
DSC-QX100 Tech Specs
- Imaging Sensor : 1.0″ Exmor R® CMOS sensor
- Processor : BIONZ® image processor
- Focus System : Contrast-detect AF
- AF Modes : Single-shot AF / Manual Focus / Touch AF
- SteadyShot(TM) image stabilization
- Optical SteadyShot(TM) image stabilization with Active Mode
- Priority Setting (for Face Detection)
- Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM® NP-BN (3.6V)
- Power Consumption (in Operation) : Approx. 1.2W
- Media Type : Memory Stick Micro / microSD/ microSDHC
- Microphone/Speaker : Built-in Stereo Microphone
- NFC, Wi-Fi. USB Port(s) : USB 2.0 Hi-speed
- Tripod Mount
- Dimensions (Approx.) : 62.5mm x 62.5mm x 52.2mm
- Weight (Approx.) : With Battery and Memory Stick 179.0g
- Self-timer : 10 sec. / 2 sec
- Lens Type : Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T
- Optical Zoom : 3.6x (Optical Zoom during movie recording)
The Sony attachable lens style camera DSC-QX100 is compatible with virtually all iOS and Android smartphones. First impressions indicate that the QX100 is only JPEG compliant with no shutter priority mode. HD video recording is available at 1440 x 1080 although you’re likely to find most cameras to come with 1920 x 1080 resolution. But considering that the device is available for $499.99, you may consider living with the trimmed down features.
The device is now available for preorder at the Sony Store. Expect shipment to happen in a couple of days, 25th of September 2013.