Excerpt: Sony continues to push the imaging industry with new concepts in a number of different directions. The new Sony QX10 and QX100 camera/lens modules for smartphones is one of those wildly different ideas.
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.
Excerpt: The basic point and shoot compact camera market seems to be fighting a losing battle against the rise of the always-ready smartphones. What Sony is attempting to do with its two new QX cameras is create a hybrid of the two, rather than trying (and failing) to compete.
Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 and QX100 are more than just mobile-phone ‘accessories'. The QX10 will appeal to many consumers as a replacement for a compact camera. Being small and light, it is the perfect accompaniment to a smartphone.
Although the QX100 is the superior camera, it is caught in a strange place in the market. Without the ability to change sensitivity or shoot raw images, it lacks two significant features that enthusiast photographers require.
Summary: Can this smart lens add-on for your iOS or Android handset replace your smartphone camera? Find out in our Sony QX100 review The Sony QX100 smart lens enables you to take quality snaps when used alongside almost any smartphone. T3 went hands-on...
Pros: Simple to use, Very good images, Great for group shots, Simple to use, Very good images, Great for group shots
Cons: Very expensive, Slow to use, Limited battery life, Very expensive, Slow to use, Limited battery life
Excerpt: Sony did something a little radical in 2013, launching the lens-style camera accessories for smartphones. With two models on offer - the QX10 and the QX100 - the idea is to bring quality to your smartphone photos that would be otherwise be impossible and a proper optical zoom that otherwise lacks. As such, these lens-style cameras provide you with a good quality lens and sensor, stepping around the inherent shortcomings of a camera built into a smartphone.
Pros: Good low light performance, aperture control, manual focus option, great results
Cons: Some connection problems with PlayMemories app, lack of control, no ISO adjustment, lack of information, price, bulky
Excerpt: This device is a 20 megapixel camera with a 29-105mm (film equivalent) image stabilised Zeiss branded lens. Except that it is not exactly a complete camera. It doesn’t have any sort of viewfinder. The idea is that you attach it to your smartphone, make a connection with either WiFi or NFC, and use the phone as viewfinder and control panel. Sony provide a free connection and control app for Android and iPhone but not Windows phone.
Excerpt: . It is designed to work with smartphones, connecting via Wi-Fi so you can control it and instantly get your pictures on your mobile device. It is available for £349. Please note, we are testing the QX100 with an iPhone 5.
Pros: Unique idea, Excellent image quality, Fast maximum aperture, Doesn't have to be physically connected to a smartphone, Connects to a tripod or sits on a flat surface, Has optical image stabilisation, ISO available up to 25600, Fits very securely to a mobile device
Cons: Takes a little while to connect when switching on, Shot to shot times are slow when reviewing images, Expensive, Short battery life, App is quite basic, Doesn't come with an AC adapter