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We go hands on with the curious new mobile compatible Cyber-shot cameras from Sony


After weeks of leaks, Sony has officially introduced the Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100, or the 'Lens Cameras' as we've come to know them. In every sense, that's exactly what they are; a digital camera housed entirely within what looks like a camera lens. The two different models look essentially the same on the outside with different internals, but they both look and act exactly the same. 

They attach to the back of your phone in one of two ways. If you pick up a new Sony Xperia Z1, and likely going forward other Sony phones, there's a nice little case that clips over the phone and the camera clicks into a dedicated slot. When it's all dressed up like this, from the right angle it looks just like a proper digital camera. The biggest drawback is perhaps the fact that on a phone as slim as the Xperia Z1, there's not much to grip when you're using it. 

The other way to attach is probably the one most people will use. Included with both is a clip on module with an extendable arm and a fixed base clip. By pulling this upwards you can clip it onto all kinds of different sized smartphones, and as the top arm is hinged it will even cling pretty sturdily to even phones with a curved back such as the Moto X. 

Hardware wise we know about the difference in optics and camera specific specs, but there's a couple of similarities between the two. The unit is powered by a removable, and rechargable 630mAh battery with a standard microUSB charging port. Memory card wise you've got two choices, either a Sony M2 or a more standard microSD card. Zoom and shutter functions are on the camera itself, it's got NFC for easy pairing with your Android device and a tripod mount on the bottom. 

We've had a little time to spend going hands on, but we'll be taking a much closer look in the coming days and weeks. Head on down past the break for our first hands on video with the Cyber-shot QX100. 


Reader comments

Hands on with the Sony Cyber-shot QX series


Boy this stuff must feel weird. Now stir in some Google glass and imagine how that might feel. The Android ecosystem can be chaotic, but it does generate some interesting ideas. When I saw that giant KitKat outside the Google building I wondered if I was hallucinating. Perhaps I was, pinch me.

Posted via a time rip from IFA 2023.

Not sure if the clip can extend far enough to fit it, but if it can, I don't see why not.

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I am very interested in a shootout between them. I am thinking about getting one for my Xperia Z that is my camera now. Love the idea - it is better than having a bulky protruding camera as an integrated part of tbe smartphone. This way, the latter can be slim.

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It's unfair to say the QX100 is too pricey. It's just outside what you're willing to spend.

It's a Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar-T lens WITH the sensor from an RX100 MII and requisite internals of a p/s camera. I think the price is very reasonable considering the typical cost of Zeiss glass (Zeiss 24mm e-mount lens for my NEX is $900 on Amazon).

I never use flash on my phone, so imo, no.. Flash is only useful if you are taking a picture (at least on a camera phone) from 3 feet or less, even in low light. Other than that, the flash can't reach the subject being photographed anyway.

Yeah, like the other user said the camera lens on the 100 is UNREAL! Lowlight performance is top notch. The QX10, however, i think is just a bait purchase. People are going to buy that and be disappointed. It's the 100 or nothing at all...the QX10 will end up being a niche purchase for cheap peeps.

I didn't see anywhere that it doesn't have a flash. But I know that dad's recent purchase of that expensive Sony Exmor point&shoot had the flash hidden with a popout. This could a similar, it certainly is big enough in the body to sport something like that.

uptil I saw the bank draft which had said $7345, I be certain cousin woz realy bringing in money parttime on there computar.. there mums best friend has been doing this less than twentey months and at present paid the debts on their appartment and got a top of the range Fiat Multipla. more tips here BAM%32%31%2E%63om

So will this work on a device without a camera? That would make the old Nexus 7 pretty compelling if you can find one.

Having one of these that automatically uploads to Drive/Dropbox via my phone's data means this is a very lucrative idea for lots of us in media.

Remember that paper that fired the photogs and told reporters to use their iPhones? This is the next step once they realize iPhone cameras aren't exactly news quality. Because in all fairness no smartphone sensor is. Well, there are a few, but not many.

Also, imagine using this with Hangouts or Skype!