Our smartphones are becoming even more versatile and universal and Sony wants to make sure it can benefit from that. At the launch event of the Xperia Z1, Sony has also introduced the Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 lens-style cameras that basically turn your smartphone into a power-packed camera.

Sony wants to prove once again that they are one of the best companies in the world when it comes to digital imaging. If the Xperia Z1 was not a good enough response to Nokia’s humongous 41-megapixel Nokia Lumia 1020 and Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Zoom, Sony has also launched the Sony QX100 and QX100 lens cameras that are compatibel with Android phones and iPhones.

Attach an entire camera to your iPhone or Android smartphone

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Both lens camers link with your phone via Wi-Fi, letting you adjust the settings on your phone’s touchscreen. So, to put it in plain English, the Sony QX100 and the QX10 are not lens, they are lens-style, full-fledged cameras. The QX100 is more expensive because it comes with more powerful hardware inside and is powered by a Carl Zeiss lens. The QX100 is also bulkier and will retail for $499/£400 near the end of this month. The Sony QX100 comes with an 20-megapixel, 1-inch sensor, BIONZ image processing.

The Sony QX10 is a cheaper alternative, also launching by the end of this month for $250/£180. The QX10 has a bigger zoom than the QX100, 10x compare to 3.6x. But, it’s natural that it has a smaller  1/2.3-inch sensor, the Sony G Lens, which is also not as powerful as the one from Carl Zeiss. The QX Smart Lenses will accept microSD and Memory Stick storage cards and will even let you use tripods with them. You also have NFC for easy one-touch connection. And here are the technical specifications for the photographers out there.

Sony QX 100 technical specifications

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  • 1.0-type Exmor back-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • Large-aperture F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens
  • Sophisticated high-speed BIONZ image processor
  • SLR-esque manual control
  • Optical SteadyShot
  • High-speed Autofocus
  • Auto HDR/D-Range Optimiser (DRO)
  • Focus automatically, manually or with DMF
  • Multi-aspect still-image recording
  • TRILUMINOS Colour

 Sony QX 100 technical specifications

  • Sony G Lens with 10x optical zoom
  • Exmor R back-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • Sophisticated high-speed BIONZ image processor
  • Optical SteadyShot
  • High-speed Autofocus
  • TRILUMINOS Colour

It appears that both the Sony QX100 and the QX10 are already up for pre-order on Amazon. Keep an eye on the listing or you can set up a price alert, if you hope Sony will make them cheaper in the near future.


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