Conclusion: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 is an add-on lens for use with smartphones. It's an example of a risky, forward-thinking concept, but some issues prevent us from recommending it.
Pros: Sharp lens. 10x zoom range. Compact. On-camera shutter and zoom controls. Wi-Fi with NFC. iOS and Android compatibility.
Cons: Image noise at moderate ISO settings. Live view feed can lag. Shutter lag when triggering from phone. Takes time to mount to phone. Slow startup compared to a standalone camera. No support for Windows Phone.
Sony Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100 lens cameras – Sony’s solution to the ”true camera phone” dilemma
5 January 2014
Conclusion: The Cybershot QX10 and QX100 are already available for sale, retailing for $250 and $450, respectively. The price isn’t high considering the internal hardware (especially for the QX100, which is $300 less than the similar Cybershot RX10 camera), but the fact that you need to use a smartphone and the awkward controls are serious downsides – in the end, the QX10 is the best choice if you want the highest picture quality on the go, while the QX100 offers a high picture...
Conclusion: The Sony DSC-QX10 was the 1st device in a long time that has truly amazed me! The slightly laggy response from the viewfinder was forgotten every time I used the camera. I would say that if you are considering the QX10 or that if you are curious about it, you would probably enjoy it as much as I do. If you think that it’s a silly idea then you should try one out – I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Summary: If you enjoy taking photos on your smartphone, these unique QX cameras will offer you more flexibility, however the amount of use they get will come down to how desperate you are for better image quality. If the slow setup speeds, time lag over the Wi-fi network and lack of control of ISO and shutter speed put you off, opting for an advanced compact camera could be the better option.
Sony Cyber-shot QX10 review: a WiFi 'lens camera' that mounts directly on your smartphone
18 September 2013
Summary: We were admittedly hesitant when we first heard about Sony's new lens cameras, and we weren't even convinced after an extended hands-on earlier this month. But after spending a full week with the QX10, including shoots in Berlin and Alaska, it's hard not to revel in Sony's accomplishment. Built-in LCD or not, the Cyber-shot QX10 is truly a fantastic camera. It complements just about any smartphone, and at $250, it's within reach of many consumers.
Pros: Seamless smartphone integration, Good image quality, Reasonably priced
Cons: Noticeable preview lag, Limited manual control, Mediocre battery life
Summary: At IFA Berlin, Sony had a number of new products to excite journalists, consumers and trade visitors alike, but one gadget capturing a lot of attention was the Cyber-shot DSC-QX10, an innovative new concept merging Sony’s mobile business with its digital imaging expertise.
Conclusion: Where the camera perhaps really comes into its own is when you want to shoot from an awkward angle or distance, as you can control it from up to around 10 metres away. Great for selfies, parties and perhaps even wildlife photography, it's something that you can really have fun experimenting with.
Sony Cyber-shot QX10 a cool gadget, but not a real solution
10 February 2013
Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 might be a fresh take on a point-and-shoot camera, but the design ends up being a bit more trouble than it's worth.
Cons: The camera has a very limited feature set compared with a regular point-and-shoot; Sony's mobile app has few features; extended shooting drains your smartphone's battery; and its shooting performance can be extremely frustrating.