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Sony Launches iPhone-Compatible QX10, Q100 Camera Lenses

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Sony officially unveiled today its new iPhone accessories, the QX10 and QX100 high-quality camera lenses. Both of them are available for pre-order today through Sony’s online store and will reach consumers later this month. After playing around with the accessories for a little while, here are the first impressions of AppleInsider’s Neil Hughes.

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First of all, since they are wireless camera lenses without any controls, both accessories connect to the iPhone over peer-to-peer Wi-Fi, need Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile app (free in the App Store), and use the iPhone’s (or iPad’s) display as the viewfinder. Both of them feature a microSD card, an expandable, secure clip. The QX10 will be available in both black and white. The difference between the QX10 and QX100 is that the first one is the low-end version, while the other one is the high-end version.

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The QX10 lenses feature a 18.2 MP Exmor RCMOS sensor and 10x optical zoom Sony G Lens, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, and a handful of shooting modes.

The QX100 model packs a 20.2 MP Exmor RCMOS sensor, paired with a wide-aperture Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T lens, with 3.6x optical zoom and Bionz image processor.

Here is what Neil writes about the lens:

Connecting the iPhone to a lens was relatively simple through Sony’s app. We did experience a few random disconnects, but this could have been due to the fact that numerous members of the press were on-hand attempting to connect their own smartphones to the devices.

The peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connection between the iPhone and QX10 allowed for minimal lag between devices when viewing the camera’s perspective live. We didn’t come away with the impression that the wireless connectivity would cause any issue when snapping pictures.

Sony has pitched the QX10 and QX100 as “game changing” accessories that will appeal to consumers who want high-end pictures, but are more comfortable snapping pictures on their smartphone. We tend to agree: The pure pocket-ability of these accessories makes them an appealing option for someone who wants to conveniently snap pictures on the go, but may not have the space to carry a DSLR or even a compact digital camera on them.

Sony says the above iPhone accessories are a game changer, but it remains to be seen whether their price and usability will indeed push the Sony-iPhoneography to stellar heights: QX10 will retail for $248, while the high-quality QX100 is priced at $498.

Let us know if you are going to jump on this one.

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  • ryanrobert

    I bought a pretty nice Nikon P510 for less than the QX100. It has a 42x zoom and takes great pictures. These iPhone lenses are neat but I’m not sure how practical they are and probably do a number on your battery life.

  • Chrome262

    Well they have their own power supply, but yes using the screen will affect the battery a bunch if you have it on long. They are neat I agree. While the Qx100 is a nice lens you get a bigger zoom with the other one, why pay more? I love how its all in one package, you get a point and shoot without it being huge. And i guess you could kind of spy with these, could take pictures around the corner lol.

  • You pay more for the QX100 because it’s a much better lens. That’s like saying why buy a DSLR kit for $800 when I can get a point-and-shoot with a bigger zoom range for $200? Zoom range is not at all linked to image quality. If you want better quality images, you get the better quality lens.

    Not sure why the full lens specs weren’t posted as part of this article. I had to go looking for them to see how much better the QX100 is spec-wise. For those interested:

    The $250 QX10 features a 1/2.3-inch 18-megapixel sensor paired with an f/3.3-5.9 lens. The $500 QX100 has a high-quality 1-inch 20.2-megapixel Exmor R sensor and a f/1.8-4.9 Carl Zeiss lens.

  • Chrome262

    1.8?? ah yeah its a “faster” lens. Yes it is way better, but I guess what I was saying is that neither is a DSLR, so they are just high end point and shoot. sure you my have tons of features but at that point does it mater on the lens, is it really worth the extra 250 bucks, to get more mega pixels, so you can post it on FB? for 600 you can get a nice entry DSLR, sure the screen will suck but you will have way better pics.

  • PuddlesPuddles

    This article has a few inaccuracies. First of all, they’re not lenses, they’re actually full-on cameras designed to communicate with and be controlled by smartphones. But they can be used on their own – the main issue with that being the lack of any kind of viewfinder.

    You also say that they don’t have any controls, but in fact, they do, including a shutter button, which lets you take photos even without a smartphone connected.

  • Reese Pryde

    Available in Canada?

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