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Sony Expands Lens-Style Camera Line-Up and Introduces New Interchangeable-Lens Concept

Sony’s latest lens-style cameras give you the best of both worlds, uniting the spontaneity and easy sharing of your smartphone with the imaging power and creative options of a premium camera. Simply connect the camera to your smartphone via Wi-Fi. One-touch connection speeds by NFC for all lens-style cameras is faster than previously experienced, thanks to firmware upgrades for the QX100 and QX10 cameras[1] and improvements to the PlayMemories Mobile app.

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It’s easy to control each lens-style camera with the latest release of Sony’s free PlayMemories Mobile app version 5.0 for Android and iOS smartphones. A new user interface simplifies the photography experience and makes one-handed operation a lot easier. Framing shots on your phone is more intuitive thanks to on-screen gridlines that are now featured in the app. GPS adds location information to images that’s transferred to your smartphone while shooting[2]. The camera shutter can now fire from the touchscreen; and with photographs automatically transferred to your phone, you can share those memories instantly.

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The ILCE-QX1 lets serious photographers make use of their precious E-mount / A-mount (requires LA-EA4 adaptor for A-mount lenses) lens collection. Just pick your favourite lens – zoom, wide angle, tele or macro – and unleash your artistry with control over exposure, focus and shooting modes.

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The camera’s APS-C size Exmor™ CMOS sensor with 20.1-megapixels grabs huge amounts of flawless detail, just like you’d expect from a much bigger camera. It’s teamed with Sony’s advanced BIONZ X processor that now features improved area-specific noise reduction. You’ll relish the difference with stunning low-noise images, even if you’re shooting in near-darkness when small sensors struggle. That big sensor inside the QX1 also lets you create pro-style ‘bokeh’ effects with creamy background blur – a trick that smartphones can’t match.

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Serious snappers and casual users alike are spoiled with a wealth of other premium features. Superior Auto recognises dozens of different scenes – like landscapes or backlit portraits – adjusting camera settings for top-quality results without fuss. For those photographers who enjoy post-production editing, the QX1 can now shoot RAW image files and in a lens-style camera first, the QX1 debuts a pop-up flash to brighten up portraits, gloomy interiors and night scenes.

The LCS-QXA Case and Strap Kit add a touch of luxury with its tough brown leather-look finish. The QX1 is protected snuggly, with a choice of shoulder strap or belt-mounting options while you’re out and about.

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Smartphone owners know that high-zoom shots are a headache, often resulting in grainy images and camera-shake when you’re trying to get the big picture. The compact DSC-QX30 keeps things crisp and clear with its powerful 30x optical zoom lens, aided by Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilisation that helps eliminate blurring.

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Users can smoothly zoom from a wide angle 24mm shot to a huge 720mm[3] equivalent length at the telephoto end, for frame-filling full-length close-ups of somebody standing 40m away. If you want to go bigger still, Clear Image Zoom blows things up to a massive 60x magnification without sacrificing pixel count.

Awesome zoom power is matched by Lock-on AF and speedy continuous shooting at up to 10fps, letting you capture fast-moving action with a crisply-focused burst of split-second images. It’s a movie magician, too, shooting fabulous Full HD video at a smooth 60p frame rate at the touch of a button[4].

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Both new lens-style cameras are compatible with Sony’s wearable RM-LVR1[5] and RM-LVR2V[6] Live View Remote controls[7]. These wrist-mount controllers let you check images and select shots from up to five connected cameras simultaneously – great for ambitious multi-angle recordings.

New colours for DSC-QX10

Meanwhile the QX10 gains two on-trend new colour variations to coordinate with today’s smartphones. As well as black and white, it’s now also available in eye-grabbing pink and copper finishes to add a splash of funky colour to your shooting.

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Optional Accessory ADP-FSK1

While Sony’s lens-style cameras make great tools for flexible shooting, the optional ADP-FSK1 dramatically expands your choice of shooting style. This Free Angle Shooting Kit includes a tilt adaptor and a grip, allowing you to shoot from low or high angles or take effortless selfies.

The QX1 and QX30 lens-style cameras and new colour variations of QX10 will be available at selected Sony Stores and authorised outlets from October 2014.

Specifications Sheet

ILCE-QX1 DSC-QX30
Image Sensor Sensor Type APS-C type Exmor™ CMOS sensor 1/2.3 type Exmor R™ CMOS sensor
Number of   Pixel [Effective] 20.1M

[Gross] 20.4M

[Effective] 20.4M

[Gross] 21.1M

Lens Lens Type Sony E-mount Lens Sony G Lens

F3.5 (W)-6.3 (T) f=24-720mm[8]

Optical Zoom (depends on lens attached) 30x
Clear Image / Digital Zoom Clear Image Zoom Up to 2x Clear Image Zoom Up to 60x
Camera Function Imaging Processor BIONZ X™ BIONZ X™
SteadyShot™ –   (image stabilisation supported depending on lens attached) Optical
Focus Mode AF-S / Manual Focus / Touch AF / Lock-on AF AF-S / Touch AF / Lock on AF
Focus Area Wide (25 points (contrast-detection AF)) Multi Point AF
Light Metering Mode Multi Pattern Multi Pattern
Exposure Control Yes Yes
ISO Sensitivity Auto, ISO 100-16000 Auto (ISO 80-12800[9]), ISO 80-3200
White Balance Mode Auto / Daylight / Shade /Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluor (Warm White) / Fluor (Cool White) / Fluor (Day White) / Fluor (Daylight) / C.Temp / Flash Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Incandescent

/ Fluor (Cool White) / Fluor (Day White) / Fluor (Daylight)

Shooting Mode Superior Auto / Intelligent Auto / Movie Mode

/ P mode / A mode / S mode

Superior Auto / Intelligent Auto / Movie Mode

/ P mode / A mode / S mode

Drive Modes Single shooting / Continuous shooting / Speed priority continuous shooting / Self-timer (10 sec. delay / 2 sec. delay) Single shooting / Continuous shooting/

Self-timer (10 sec. delay / 2 sec. delay)

Flash Built-in flash (GN4 in meters at ISO 100)
Recording Compatible Recording Media Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (Mark2), microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (Mark2), microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC
Recording Format Still image JPEG/RAW+JPEG JPEG
Movie MP4 16M (1920×1080 30p) MP4 28M (1920×1080 60p) / 16M (1920×1080 30p)
Interface Input and Output Terminal Multi/Micro USB Terminal (USB2.0) Multi/Micro USB Terminal (USB2.0)
Wi-Fi Yes Yes
NFC Yes (One touch remote) Yes (One touch remote)
Power Battery System NP-FW50 NP-BN
USB Charge / USB Power Supply Yes / Yes Yes / Yes
Still images (CIPA standard) Approx. 440 Shots Approx. 200 shots
Movies (Continuous / CIPA standard) Approx. 150 min Approx. 45 min
Others Dimensions WxHxD

(without Smartphone Attachment)

74.0 x 69.5 x 52.5 mm 68.4 x 65.1 x 57.6 mm
Weight (without Smartphone Attachment) 216g (Battery and Memory Stick Micro included) 193g (Battery and Memory Stick Micro included)
Multi Camera Control Yes Yes
Supplied Accessories NP-FW50 battery/ Smartphone Attachment /

Micro USB cable / Wrist Strap / Quick Start Guide

NP-BN battery/ Smartphone Attachment /

Micro USB cable / Wrist Strap / Quick Start Guide

[1] DSC-QX100, DSC-QX10

[2] Location info is not tagged in the images stored in the camera

[3] 35mm equivalent (aspect ratio 4:3)

[4] A memory card must be inserted into the camera for movie shooting, continuous shooting, and some other shooting modes

[5] Software version 2.0 or later

[6] Supplied with HDR-AZ1VR, HDR-AZ1VB and HDR-AZ1VW

[7] These accessories are optional extras

[8] 35mm equivalent (aspect ratio 4:3)

[9] Achieved by using overlay burst shooting

* Information and Pictures Courtesy of Sony Electronics Asia Pacific and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide *

Sony Introduces White Cyber-shot DSC-QX10

The Sony CyberShot DSC-QX10 is now available in classy, pearlescent white! The Sony CyberShot DSC-QX10 was announced some time back in September 2013 and I shared the arrival of the DSC-QX10 here! I was also given the opportunity to review the QX10 and had a fun time with it, here’s my review of Sony DSC-QX10 and the photographs taken with the QX10 on my Flickr collection!

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Sony Electronics will be running an in-store promotion, that is also available in all authorised outlets, to launch the new white Cyber-shot™ DSC-QX10 lens-style camera. During the promotional period of 7th to 28th February, each camera will come bundled with a free QX exclusive carrying case (worth S$50), as well as a 8GB Micro SD Card.

The white Cyber-shot™ DSC-QX10 is available for retail at all Sony stores and authorised outlets from 7th February 2014 at S$349.

* Information and Photographs courtesy of Sony Singapore and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide *

Sony QX10 Review

The Sony QX10 and QX100 were announced earlier in the year 3rd quarter of 2013 and I shared about the press release and information in an earlier post here! Personally, I was intrigued with the 2 lens-style camera designed by Sony and I was wondering with great interest how do I go about using it in my photography adventures? My wish was granted when I was given the opportunity to take the Sony QX10 for 2 weeks to play, test and review this niche segment of photography lens/accessory.

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The Sony QX10 and QX100 are innovative and revolutionary in designs, ideas and purposes. It’s like a mix between a photography accessory, video camera accessory, as a portable video camera and a portable detachable lens for photographers. I took the Sony QX10 out, on a daily basis (almost) and put it to the test and letting my friends play with it and enjoying themselves too with the Sony QX10 during media events. It was versatile and we can even take selfie shots by looking through my iPad while the Sony Memories Mobile App was switched on. At a media event that I attended, I got my fellow photographer friend Kevin to bring the Sony QX10 and walk around, do a live video recording of the guests while we were viewing the video recording at the table!

During the 2 weeks with the Sony QX10, what were my thoughts and views of this interesting accessory? Here are the pros and cons from my personal observations compiled during the review period.

Pros

–       Versatile and fun

–       Lightweight

–       Live video camera recording  / viewing

–       Easy to connect the QX10 with the smartphone/tablet using the Sony Memories Mobile App

–       You can take photographs from many different angles and perspectives using the Sony QX10

–       View from the smartphone/tablet using the Sony Memories Mobile App and observe the surroundings/happenings and watching live photographs taken and uploaded for viewing

–       Clip on the smartphone and it “transforms” the smartphone into a handy digital camera

–       Converts the smartphone into a compact digital camera

–       A useful and versatile accessory to complement the smartphone and/or tablet

–       Fun and easy to use video camera

–       A friend can bring the QX10 camera around and take photograph or video while you are observing the “show’ on your smartphone or tablet

–       Good balance of the QX10 with smartphone when attached to the smartphone (iPhone 5 in this review)

–       There is pretty decent bokeh from the QX10 glass

–       QX10 Macro function/capability is pretty good

–       You can place the QX10 on a small or big tripod and it can transform into a remote camera to photograph street, wildlife or a video to record events

Cons

–       Battery life drains fast when connected to the Sony Memories Mobile App and doing video recording function

–       Very small LCD panel on camera

–       There is a bit of lag when connecting the QX10 with the Sony Memories Mobile App via Wi-Fi

–       On/Off button is small and it sinks in when pressed too many times

–       If you are using handheld to shoot with the QX10, even though it is lightweight, there is not enough grip on the QX10 to ensure that our hands doesn’t move when taking photos.

–       Might be a bit bulky to be put into your pocket when the QX10 is attached to the smartphone (My smartphone is an iPhone 5)

Interesting features that can be adapted for the Sony QX10

–       Mount on tripod to record or photograph movements of people

–       Put a lanyard and hang it around the neck do photograph or record

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Here are the technical specifications for the Sony QX10 –

   Model DSC-QX100 DSC-QX10
Image Sensor 1.0 type (13.2 x 8.8mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor 1/2.3 type (7.76mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor
Effective resolution Approx.20.2 megapixels Approx.18.2 megapixels
Image processor BIONZ BIONZ
Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T[1], with 7 elements in 6 groups (4 aspheric elements including AA lens) Sony G Lens, with 7 groups (including 4 aspheric elements)
Maximum aperture F1.8(Wide angle)- F4.9 (Tele) F3.3(Wide angle)- F5.9 (Tele)
Focal length (35mm equivalent)(still image 4:3) f=28-100mm f=25-250mm
Optical zoom 3.6x 10x
ISO Sensitivity (Still Image)[2] ISO160-6400 (iAuto), ISO160-25600[3](Superior Auto), ISO160-3200 (Program Auto), ISO160-3200 (Aperture Priority) ISO100-3200 (iAuto), ISO100-12800[4](Superior Auto), ISO100-1600 (Program Auto)
Movie record MP4: 12MP (1440×1080/30fps) MP4: 12MP (1440×1080/30fps)
Image stabilisation Optical SteadyShot™ (with Active Mode for movies) Optical SteadyShot™ (with Active Mode for movies)
Focus type Contrast detection AF Contrast detection AF
Focus Modes Single-shot AF; Manual Focus; Touch AF Single-shot AF; Touch AF
Shooting modes Superior Auto, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Movie Mode Superior Auto, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Movie Mode
Wireless networking Wi-Fi: Send to smartphone / control with smartphoneNFC: One-touch remote Wi-Fi: Send to smartphone / control with smartphoneNFC: One-touch remote
Dimensions (WxHxD) Approx. 62.5 x 62.5 x 55.5 mm Approx. 62.4 x 61.8 x 33.3 mm
Media card compatibility Memory Stick Micro™ / Memory Stick Micro™ Mark 2 and Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher) Memory Stick Micro™ / Memory Stick Micro™ Mark 2 and Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
Weight (main unit only) Approx. 165 g Approx. 90 g
Weight (with supplied battery and Memory Stick Micro) Approx. 179 g Approx. 105 g

For more information on the Sony QX10, here’s the link to the Sony QX10 website!

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Without having the chance to play and test the Sony QX10, it might be a bit tricky for photographers to know how it really can work for you. Overall, I am impressed with the image quality and output of the Sony QX10. It’s an accessory that will be ideal and handy for smartphone users, something they can bring it out on a daily and casual basis in your bag while on the go.

In my personal opinion, with the entry level photography and leisure photography segments currently fragmented even further and changing a lot over the past few years, especially with the boom and rise of the smartphones with powerful cameras and photography apps available.  With compact digital cameras facing a huge battle on its own, along with mirror-less cameras stealing the market share and making headlines, innovative products such as the Sony QX10 would be able to provide an alternative solution to the smartphone users with a photography lens and accessory for their smartphone.

The Sony QX10 is innovative and revolutionary, it will definitely be suitable for some of you smartphone users/photographers out there!

* I would like to thank Sony Singapore and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide for the Sony QX10 review opportunity *


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Sony announced revolutionary Cyber-shot™ DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10

Sony announced a range of breakthrough new products across its product categories at IFA 2013 in Berlin. The list of new products was extensive and there was one particular announcement that caught many people attention with their announcement of the revolutionary Cyber-shot DSC-QX 100 and DSC-QX10, that got a lot of people interested and talking about it!

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The Sony DSC-QX 100 and DSC-QX10 is going to give mobile phone / leisure photography an even bigger boost than before! With their lens-style camera, it turns your smartphone into a power-packed specialist camera. Smartphone photography today is a very popular form of photography, easily accessible with the number of smartphone users in the world. The number of photographs shot with the smartphone is only going to get bigger with the expansion of the smartphone markets and brands. From my personal observation based on their specifications, style and usage, the Sony DSC-QX 100 and DSC-QX 10 would greatly enhance a smartphone user photography experiences and usage, giving it the edge towards the power and capabilities of a digital compact camera.

Here are some quick features for the Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10

  • Links with your phone via Wi-Fi, shoots fabulous photos
  • NFC for easy one-touch connection
  • Get better-looking pictures with high resolution sensor, optical zoom, Optical SteadyShot and manual controls
  • Shoot from any angle then frame scenes and adjust settings on your phone’s touchscreen
  • A perfect partner for new Xperia™ Z1 and other Android and iOS smartphones 

The DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 attach in a moment with the supplied smartphone attachment that fits several popular smartphone models (width 54-75mm/max. thickness 13mm). Connection to your phone is made via Wi-Fi and the latest version of Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile application. Linkage is even simpler for NFC smartphone owners, with easy one-touch connection made without any complicated settings.

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There is no need to have the phone and camera attached. Place the Cyber-shot™ exactly where you want it, and fire the shutter direct from your mobile phone – it’s perfect for grabbing high-angle shots or self-portraits. Weighing just 105g (with battery and Memory Stick Micro), the Cyber-shot™ DSC-QX10 partners an 18.2 effective megapixel Exmor R™ CMOS sensor with a high-quality Sony G Lens. Boasting a powerful 10x optical zoom range, it’s great for power-packed close-ups of people, fun-filled events and distant landmarks that are just not possible without a dedicated zoom lens. Built-in Optical SteadyShot combats camera shake, keeping handheld pictures and videos steady and blur-free, even in low-light conditions.

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 The Cyber-shot™ DSC-QX100 features a large 1.0-type Exmor R™ CMOS sensor with 20.2 effective megapixels. Enjoy sumptuous, ultra-low noise images – even indoors or at dusk when many cameras and camera phones seem to struggle. It’s simple to frame shots and tweak camera settings like aperture control and exposure compensation as well as photo/video record mode on your smartphone’s big touchscreen. You now get more creative control than you’d ever get with your phone’s regular camera enabling the user to capture beautifully background defocussed shots. Everything’s easily accessible, with extra dedicated keys for fingertip control of zoom and shutter release on the camera body. The DSC-QX100 is also teamed with a wide-aperture Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens with 3.6x optical zoom with Optical SteadyShot giving all the picture quality you’d expect from a premium pocket camera.

The powerful BIONZ processor in the DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 refines your image for beautifully natural, detail-packed stills and HD video. Superior Auto helps get the best from any scene, automatically recognising dozens of different shooting conditions and adjusting camera settings to suit. As an extra refinement, the DSC-QX100 sports a dedicated control ring for camera-like adjustment of manual focus and zoom.

Accessory options include a soft carrying case and dedicated camera attachment case for a perfect fit with latest models from Sony Mobile including the brand new Xperia™ Z1. The new Cyber-shot™ DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 from Sony will be available in Singapore at all Sony stores and authorised outlets from October 2013.

Specifications Sheet

   Model DSC-QX100 DSC-QX10
Image Sensor 1.0 type (13.2 x 8.8mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor 1/2.3 type (7.76mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor
Effective resolution Approx.20.2 megapixels Approx.18.2 megapixels
Image processor BIONZ BIONZ
Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T[1], with 7 elements in 6 groups (4 aspheric elements including AA lens) Sony G Lens, with 7 groups (including 4 aspheric elements)
Maximum aperture F1.8(Wide angle)- F4.9 (Tele) F3.3(Wide angle)- F5.9 (Tele)
Focal length (35mm equivalent)(still image 4:3) f=28-100mm f=25-250mm
Optical zoom 3.6x 10x
ISO Sensitivity (Still Image)[2] ISO160-6400 (iAuto), ISO160-25600[3] (Superior Auto), ISO160-3200 (Program Auto), ISO160-3200 (Aperture Priority) ISO100-3200 (iAuto), ISO100-12800[4] (Superior Auto), ISO100-1600 (Program Auto)
Movie record MP4: 12MP (1440×1080/30fps) MP4: 12MP (1440×1080/30fps)
Image stabilisation Optical SteadyShot™ (with Active Mode for movies) Optical SteadyShot™ (with Active Mode for movies)
Focus type Contrast detection AF Contrast detection AF
Focus Modes Single-shot AF; Manual Focus; Touch AF Single-shot AF; Touch AF
Shooting modes Superior Auto, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Movie Mode Superior Auto, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Movie Mode
Wireless networking Wi-Fi: Send to smartphone / control with smartphoneNFC: One-touch remote Wi-Fi: Send to smartphone / control with smartphoneNFC: One-touch remote
Dimensions (WxHxD) Approx. 62.5 x 62.5 x 55.5 mm Approx. 62.4 x 61.8 x 33.3 mm
Media card compatibility Memory Stick Micro™ / Memory Stick Micro™ Mark 2 and Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher) Memory Stick Micro™ / Memory Stick Micro™ Mark 2 and Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
Weight (main unit only) Approx. 165 g Approx. 90 g
Weight (with supplied battery and Memory Stick Micro) Approx. 179 g Approx. 105 g


[1] REI = Recommended Exposure Index

[2] REI = Recommended Exposure Index

[3] Achieved by using overlay burst shooting

[4] Achieved by using overlay burst shooting

Although I do not have any hands on experience with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 yet, my personal thoughts, in my personal humble opinion, on the 2 models, are that they would help in the group of leisure people taking photographs and also getting the smartphone users to be more even active in taking photographs. Since it is open to both the iOS and Android OS users, the pool of smartphone users is huge. The designs and styles are revolutionary, the impacts would be more in the leisure and digital compact camera market. These 2 models DSC-QX 100 and DSC-QX 10 might help/complement a professional photographer in their field of photography works too.

I hope that I am able to share more in-depth of my thoughts and views if I am able to get a hands-on with the DSC-QX 100 and DSC-QX 10 review units, and go around testing, playing and reviewing them!

* Information and photographs Courtesy of Sony Singapore and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide *