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Future of cameras. Sony QX100 and QX10 snap on cameras.
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    QX100 specs:

    • Manual control via smartphone
    • 1" sensor, back-illuminated, 20MP
    • F1.8 Carl Zeiss lens with 3.6x optical zoom
    • Price - below $499

    Available at:



    QX10 specs:

    • Manual control via smartphone
    • Back-illuminated 18MP 1/2.3” CMOS
    • 10X zoom with Optical SteadyShot
    • 1080p30 video
    • Price - below - $249

    Available at:

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  • Built in sensor sounds interesting. New form of modular design?

    Not sure about the future, but it sure looks fun.

  • Why aren't cameras just cylinders? Seems like a fun form factor. If we forget the phone part, and just put in a little viewfinder, that would be fun.

  • Sony takes a page from Ricoh and brings GXR concept to smartphones. Given Sony share in smartphones, it is no surprise the modules are for all Android and IOS phones. If true that one of the module is the same as the RX100 II, then both Nokia 1020 and Galaxy zoom will not be able to compete against that IQ.

  • @ghkqn

    Such concept can be also very good for current market. As they can offer significant savings, as almost everyone has smartphone now. But it all depends on connection thing. From that I see it uses Wi-Fi for this, and it is both not so smooth and very slow.

  • I presume FHD video recording is not possible. Direct connection to micro usb would have been better.

  • I presume FHD video recording is not possible. Direct connection to micro usb would have been better.

    Most probably it is possible, as camera has same main chip and send only compressed data, for such small distance proper 802.11n must be pretty enough.

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    • 1 - Power Button
    • 2- Microphone
    • 3- Display Panel
      • Indicates that the card is not inserted
      • Indicates the remaining battery charge
    • 4 - Hook for belt
    • 5 - Tripod thread
    • 6 - Ring Control on DSC-QX100
    • 7- The power / charge / movie indicator
      • Green: Power on
      • Orange: running charging
      • Red: running video
    • 8 - Zoom lever
    • 9 - shutter button
    • 10 - Multifunctional jack
    • 11 - RESET button


    • DSC-QX100: 62,5 mm × 62,5 mm × 55,5 mm (W / H / D)
    • DSC-QX10: 62,4 mm × 61,8 mm × 33,3 mm (W / H / D)

    Weight, including battery pack NP-BN

    • DSC-QX100: approx. 179 g
    • DSC-QX10: approx. 105 g

      Power consumption during shooting - 1.1 W

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  • The biggest challenge may be battery life.

  • @TheNewDeal

    I think not so big, as it does not have any screen. And I assume that wi-fi power consumed can be very small, as it can record to internal card and phone is in few centimeters.

  • I think that it is interesting, but...the top model (the one with the RX100 optical combo) is much thicker than a complete RX100. The camera + smartphone is more pocketable in comparison to lens camera + smartphone.

  • The camera + smartphone is more pocketable in comparison to lens camera + smartphone.

    It does not matter much. Plus it is first attempt and "It's a Sony" :-) As far as I know price will be another unfortunate surprise.

  • The power consumption is listed at 1.1W, half the 2.2W typical in small cameras. The battery is 630maH, also half the size of a typical small camera battery (Sony RX100 battery is 1240maH, LX7 is 1250maH).

    There is a micro SD card in the 'cameras'. The slot is by the reset switch, under the flap.

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    • 1/2,3" 18mp CMOS sensor and f/3,3-5.9 lens
    • only 1080p30 image

    Via: 43rumors

    501 x 383 - 34K
    499 x 401 - 18K
    434 x 429 - 20K
  • bling bling

  • Still don't get how practical it could be, but at least they are "cheap" (regarding usual Sony prices). The cheaper version are rumored to be US$250 (it uses the lens + sensor from WX150 - $400 at Amazon). The other one have the lens + sensor of the RX100II and is rumored to cost US$450 ($300 less than the RX).

  • @Vitaliy_Kiselev

    WOW and seems I get to meet a brand new nerdy girl if I buy this... I'll take the girl, do U want the rest? :P
    BTW the video is interlaced, just in case you want same video, 720p but deinterlaced

  • New Sony QX100 and QX10 “Lens-Style Cameras” Redefine the Mobile Photography Experience

    New Concept Cameras Link Flawlessly to Smartphone, Offering High-Zoom, Stunning Quality Images and Full HD Videos for Instant Sharing

    NEW YORK, Sept. 4, 2013 – Merging the creative power of a premium compact camera with the convenience and connectivity of today’s smartphones, Sony today introduced two “lens-style” QX series cameras that bring new levels of fun and creativity to the mobile photography experience.

    The innovative Cyber-shot™ QX100 and QX10 models utilize Wi-Fi® connectivity to instantly transform a connected smartphone into a versatile, powerful photographic tool, allowing it to shoot high-quality images and full HD videos to rival a premium compact camera. It’s an entirely new and different way for consumers to capture and share memories with friends and family.

    With a distinct lens-style shape, the new cameras utilize the latest version of Sony’s PlayMemories™ Mobile application (available for iOS™ and Android™ devices, version 3.1 or higher required) to connect wirelessly to a smartphone, converting the bright, large LCD screen of the phone into a real-time viewfinder with the ability to release the shutter, start/stop movie recordings, and adjust common photographic settings like shooting mode, zoom, Auto Focus area and more.

    For added convenience, the app can be activated using NFC one-touch with compatible devices. Once pictures are taken, they are saved directly on both the phone and the camera*, and can be shared instantly via social media or other common mobile applications.

    “With the new QX100 and QX10 cameras, we are making it easier for the ever-growing population of ‘mobile photographers’ to capture far superior, higher-quality content without sacrificing the convenience and accessibility of their existing mobile network or the familiar ‘phone-style’ shooting experience that they’ve grown accustomed to,” said Patrick Huang, director of the Cyber-shot business at Sony. “We feel that these new products represent not only an evolution for the digital camera business, but a revolution in terms of redefining how cameras and smartphones can cooperatively flourish in today’s market.” The new compact, ultra-portable cameras can be attached to a connected phone with a supplied mechanically adjustable adapter, or can be held separately in hand or even mounted to a tripod while still maintaining all functionality and connectivity with the smartphone. They can also be operated as completely independent cameras if desired, as both the QX100 and QX10 cameras have a shutter release, memory card slot and come with a rechargeable battery.

    Premium, Large-Sensor QX100 Camera

    The Cyber-shot QX100 camera features a premium, high-quality 1.0 inch, 20.2 MP Exmor R™ CMOS sensor. Identical to the sensor found in the acclaimed Cyber-shot RX100 II camera, it allows for exceptionally detailed, ultra-low noise images in all types of lighting conditions, including dimly lit indoor and night scenes.
    The sensor is paired with a fast, wide-aperture Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 3.6x optical zoom and a powerful BIONZ image processor, ensuring beautifully natural, detail-packed still images and Full HD videos. As an extra refinement, the QX100 sports a dedicated control ring for camera-like adjustment of manual focus and zoom.

    Several different shooting modes can be selected while using the QX100 including Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Intelligent Auto and Superior Auto, which automatically recognizes 44 different shooting conditions and adjusts camera settings to suit.

    High-Zoom Cyber-shot QX10 model

    Boasting a powerful 18.2 effective megapixel Exmor R™ CMOS sensor and versatile 10x optical zoom Sony G Lens, the Cyber-shot QX10 camera allows mobile photographers to bring distant subjects closer without sacrificing image quality or resolution, a common problem in smartphones. It’s also extremely portable and lightweight - weighing less than 4 oz and measuring about 2.5”X2.5”x1.3”, it’s a great tool for travel photography.

    Additionally, the camera has built-in Optical SteadyShot to combat camera shake, keeping handheld pictures and videos steady and blur-free. It has Program Auto, Intelligent Auto and Superior Auto modes to choose from, and will be available in two different colors – black and white.

    Pricing and Availability

    The new Cyber-shot QX100 and QX10 lens-style cameras will available later this month for about $500 and $250, respectively.

    The cameras and a range of compatible accessories including a soft carry case and dedicated camera attachment for Sony Mobile phones like the Xperia™ Z can be purchased at Sony retail stores ( and other authorized dealers nationwide.

    Please visit for a full video preview of the new Sony Cyber-shot QX Series cameras and follow #SonyCamera on twitter for the latest camera news.

  • All major US and EU stores preordered more QX100 and QX10 cameras than any other Sony camera before (in terms of item numbers and large stock preorders from stores (not from single buyers)).


  • Superb. Just superb. Sony is showing us the future.

  • Sad that the QX100 don't shoot RAW nor have full manual control or shutter priority (only aperture priority).

  • QX100 don't shoot RAW nor have full manual control or shutter priority (only aperture priority).

    All things you mentioned are software only things. :-)