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Sony QX10 Lens Style Camera for Smartphones and Tablets - Black (18.2MP, 10x Optical Zoom)

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  • A wireless lens that connects to your smartphone with an 18MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and 10x optical zoom
  • 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • Sony G Lens
  • 10x optical zoom
  • Easy smartphone sharing via NFC One-touch

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Visit the Sony QX10 Microsite--Photography for the Smartphone Age
The Sony QX10 turns your smartphone into a high-performance camera. With a simple connection, the wireless lens gives your phone a powerful 10x optical zoom and smooth image stabilisation. Visit the Sony QX10 Microsite for more information.

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  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 6.2 x 3.3 cm ; 91 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 141 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: DSCQX10B.CE7
  • ASIN: B00EU89CMK
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 4 Sept. 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
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Sony QX10 Lens Style Camera

Visit the Sony QX10 Microsite

At a Glance
  • Turn your iPhone or Android smartphone into a high-performance camera -- simply mount the smart lens on to your phone and start shooting
  • Get creative with your photography on your smartphone using the wireless freedom of NFC and built-in Wi-Fi
  • Get up close and personal with powerful 10x optical zoom and smooth image stabilisation
  • Capture striking detail, even in low light, with an 18MP Exmor R CMOS sensor with back-illumination technology
  • Shoot fast, shoot clear. Never miss that special moment with a BIONZ image processor
Turn your iPhone or Android smartphone into a high-performance camera
Turn your iPhone or Android smartphone into a high-performance camera.
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QX10 connected to smart phone
QX10 connected to smart phone
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Get Connected. Go Further. Go Smarter

Experience photography for the smartphone age. With a simple connection, a wireless, smart lens gives your phone a powerful 10x optical zoom and smooth image stabilisation. It takes photos you never thought possible with your phone. [Learn more about this on the microsite]

Connects with Your Smartphone

Transform any iPhone or Android smartphone into a high-performance camera. All you have to do is mount the smart lens to your phone -- then you're ready to start shooting like you do with an interchangeable lens camera. It's really that simple. Your smartphone becomes the camera body: use the touchscreen to comfortably shoot and retouch images. You can even share photos with friends and family on Facebook and Twitter. Instantly back-up photos and videos online to keep your captured moments safe. [Discover more on the microsite]

Never Separated by Distance

Have some fun and see what you can do with a smart lens. Place the lens against your NFC smartphone. Once the connection is made, be imaginative and see what's possible. Put the lens down, get in a group shot, then take the picture yourself from your mobile. You don't have an NFC smartphone? No problem. Built-in Wi-Fi gives you wireless freedom too -- your phone and smart lens stay connected even when they're apart. [Learn more about this on the microsite]

When a lens-style camera, meets a smart phone they make a connection and together, they can take amazing photos.
Up Close and Personal

Some scenes are just too far away for your smartphone to capture. Pull everything closer using a smart lens with G Lens technology and 10x optical zoom. Fill the frame with a stretching sandy beach or a dramatic close up. Optical SteadyShot cuts the effect of shaky hands for crisp, blur-free stills every time. [Experience the optical zoom on the microsite]

Low Light? No Problem

From dusk till dawn, capture striking detail even in low light. Make the most of a high-resolution 18MP Exmor R CMOS sensor with back-illumination technology. Inside the lens, light falls directly onto receptive areas of the sensor -- no wires block the path -- for brighter, clearer photos. So whether it's candlelit parties or twilight street scenes, you'll capture the mood in the detail it deserves. [Learn more about this on the microsite]

Shoot Fast, Shoot Clear

Be spontaneous. Whether it's a festival, road trip or barbecue -- don't let a once-in-a-lifetime shot pass you by. The smart lens has a BIONZ image processor that ensures clean images and quick, responsive shooting. The moment might last a second, but you get crisp, clear results that you can enjoy for a lifetime. [Learn more about this on the microsite]

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QX10 Black
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QX10 White
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QX100 Black
Image sensor 1/2.3 type Exmor R CMOS 18.2 megapixels (effective, approx) 1/2.3 type Exmor R CMOS 18.2 megapixels (effective, approx) 1.0 type Exmor CMOS 20.2 megapixels (effective, approx)
BIONZ Yes Yes Yes
Lens Sony G Lens Sony G Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Maximum aperture F1 8-4.9
Optical magnification 10.0x (25.0-250mm) 10.0x (25.0-250mm) 3.6x (28.0-100mm)
Movie MP4, 12Mbps, 1440 x1080 (30p) MP4, 12Mbps, 1440 x1080 (30p) MP4, 12Mbps, 1440 x1080 (30p)
Image stabilisation (still image) Optical SteadyShot Optical SteadyShot Optical SteadyShot
Image stabilisation (active mode, movies) Optical SteadyShot Active Mode Optical SteadyShot Active Mode Optical SteadyShot Active Mode
ISO sensitivity (still image) Auto (ISO 100-12800) Auto (ISO 100-12800) Auto (ISO 160-25600)
High-speed AF Yes (When operating shutter button on camera body) Yes (When operating shutter button on camera body) Yes (When operating shutter button on camera body)
TRILUMINOS colour Yes Yes Yes
Multi terminal Yes Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes Yes Yes
NFC Yes Yes Yes

Box Contains

Smartphone attachment
Wrist strap
Micro USB cable
Rechargeable battery Pack NP-BN
Instruction manual


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I have been using my QX10 for a few weeks now. I have seen some negative things said about this lens camera - especially on other sites than this - and would like to address those. Some say it's too slow for the quick shot. I can't imagine how anyone would think it was ever intended for such a shot. If you had your DSLR and wanted to take a quick shot of that fleeting moment would you mess about in your bag to change the lens or a load of filters? Of course not. You would use the camera as is, wouldn't you? For that quick unexpected shot I use my phone as is. My phone is an HTC One which is NFC enabled. As soon as I touch both pieces together they start to communicate and by the time I've got the camera on my phone the connection is complete and we're ready to go. I don't think that that is slow at all. OK, if you don't have NFC and are limited to wifi then maybe it takes a bit longer. But the QX10 was designed to connect initially by NFC so it seems spurious to me to blame the camera for the shortcomings of the phone.

Yes, but the App is no good they say. There's no control over shutter speed and everything else! Thank goodness for that, say I. I have owned all-singing, all-dancing cameras in the past and always seem to end up with it set on full auto. I understand the relationship between ISO, exposure and shutter speed but I don't want to spend time sorting all that out. I want to think about the shot - composition and framing, and leave the camera to sort all the other stuff out. And believe me the QX10 does a superb job of it. But unlike a stand-alone camera of any sort, when once purchased then that's it - we QX10 owners can look forward to all manner of new apps. Who knows what wonderful things we'll be able to do as the months pass?
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If you are the person who always carries a modern smart phone everywhere and wants something better than the inbuilt cell phone camera (such as a cool 25-250mm or x10 optical zoom with good image quality, less shaky burry shots on nights out, ability to shoot decent video when watching bands, etc) but still wants the same ease of use and connectivity as a cell phone camera, and certainly doesn't want to control things like ISO and aperture, then you might consider the QX10.

If you are beyond pressing buttons on a DSLR (because 'that is so 1999' or 'old-man-with-big-Camera'), and actually want to tackle photography via code in a full-on 2013 Web 2.0 fashion, then this is a camera to consider. Sony have exposed the API for developers to build their own apps, and the API looks pretty easy to get into. If you don't know what API means, then forget this paragraph (and if you are an old man with a 5D, sorry: it was just a figure of speech). If you have a geek in your life in need of a cool toy, then this is a pretty good leftfield gift choice, not least because it comes in a box that is a cylinder, so when wrapped it will keep them guessing!

If you are passionate about photography or do it for a living, typically upload your photos in RAW format to Photoshop/Lightroom/Aperture and shoot in A/S/M modes, then this is not the camera for you. You probably need an advanced compact such as the Olympus XZ, Panasonic LX7, Fuji X series, Canon G1, Sony RX100 or Nikon Coolpix A. The QX10 is not in that group. It is a direct replacement for the inbuilt cell phone camera rather than a DSLR replacement. Just like a cell phone camera, the QX10 flies on full automatic most of the time, has slowish glass (f3.5-f6), and only outputs JPEGs.
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By M. G. Chisholm TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Dec. 2013
Colour Name: Black Verified Purchase
Sony seemed to have upped their game considerably recently with a slew of high quality innovative products of which we have another here. Sony have clearly identified a bit of a missing link that they intend filling. Namely, mobile phones are the default camera for most people but lack a quality lens.

Adding an off camera lens makes a bit of sense because you can use the mobile for a screen and for software use, thus cutting down on the cost and size of the offboard camera/lens. It does work - mostly.

There are a couple of downsides. Firstly as another reviewer noted, you are not going to get a quick snap if you are not already connected. It also works quickest with NFC (near field connection) where you touch the camera to the mobile NFC point and it connects automatically. If you don't have that then you use the Sony app - which to be fair is quick and easy, not something that Sony could be accused of a few years ago.

So when you are connected you in essence have a decent quality compact camera with a proper zoom lens making it far better than a standard mobile. The quality of pictures is top class and on a par with a £300 compact. You can zoom in or out and take the shot with either the camera or the mobile making it very flexible. For most shots, chances are you are best leaving it clipped to the phone unless you like looking like a person doing the teapot song.

The camera is supplied with a spring loaded clip that you can use to fit to any normal sized phone. If you have a Sony Experia Z or Z1 you can buy the Sony case which allows you to dispense with the camera clip making it pretty tiny and easily pocket-able. When you want to, you can then twist lock it onto the back of the Experia Z.
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