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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 CyberShot DSC-QX100 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 QX100 for 2 weeks to play, test and review this niche segment of photography lens/accessory.

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Just like the Sony QX10 review, I took the Sony QX100 out for different events, wedding lunch, technology events, food photography, daily walkabout and night street photography at Tiong Bahru Estate. It was a fun experience bringing the Sony QX100 out during these two weeks. From the Sony QX100 photographs collection slideshow, let me bring you through my eyes, heart and soul, my photography adventures and events with the Sony QX100.

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The review for the Sony QX10 was completed earlier and you can read my review post here! The Sony QX100 and Sony QX10 is pretty similarly designed lens-style camera, the key differences/comparisons are compiled below for your easy reference and perusal.

Comparisons/Key Differences between Sony QX100 and Sony QX10

Sony QX100 Sony QX10
Optics Carl Zeiss Sony G
Physical Size Approx. 62.5 x 62.5 x 55.5 mm Approx. 62.4 x 61.8 x 33.3 mm
Megapixels Approx. 20.9 Approx. 18.9
Focal Length f=28-100mm f=25-250mm
Price RRP – SGD $649 RRP – SGD $349
Max Aperture F1.8 (Wide angle)- F4.9 (Tele) F3.3 (Wide angle)- F5.9 (Tele)
ISO Sensitivity 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)
Image Sensor 1.0 type (13.2 x 8.8mm) 1/2.3 type (7.76mm)

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Having the Sony QX100 for review during these two weeks, what are the pros and cons of this lens-style camera besides the key differences/comparisons mentioned above? Overall, the pros and cons are pretty similar to the points that I wrote in my earlier review of the Sony QX10 and you can refer to them for my compilation and write up with reference to the Sony QX100.

Besides the key differences/comparisons between Sony QX100 and Sony QX10, here are my thoughts/views on the Sony QX100 that reinforces the points between those two similar models.

–       Sony QX100 is slightly heavier than Sony QX10

–       Sony QX100 has better optics and photo output quality than the Sony QX10

–       Sony QX100 experience more lag when connecting with the smartphone/tablet as compared to the Sony QX10

–       Aperture priority is a pretty nice feature for the Sony QX100

–       Sony QX100 is similar to the Sony RX100 II in terms of the technical specifications based on the optics and image sensor. The Sony QX100 is an accessory style camera lens and Sony RX100ii is a compact digital camera.

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Sony QX10 vs. Sony QX100, how would you choose between these two models?

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~ You would choose Sony QX100 because of the following points

–       Optics

–       Quality of the photos

–       Versatility

–        Portability

Sony QX10

~ You would choose Sony QX10 because of the following points

–       Lightweight

–       Price

–       Versatility

–       Portability

(Based on my humble personal opinions, analysis and comparisons)

The Sony QX100 has similar technical specifications to the Sony RX100 II and there is a review that I did earlier that you are able to visit and read! The review will be helpful for you to compare between the Sony RX100 II, Sony QX10 and Sony QX100. If I have to choose between the Sony QX100 and Sony QX10, I would choose the Sony QX100 for its optics and quality output.

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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 QX100 would be able to provide an alternative solution to the smartphone users with a photography lens and accessory for their smartphone.

The Sony QX100 is innovative and revolutionary; it will definitely be suitable for some of you smartphone users/photographers out there! If the lens-style camera suits your needs and usage, whether you are a smartphone user or a photographer, the options of the Sony QX100 and QX10 are both available to you.

* I would like to thank Sony Singapore and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide for the opportunity to review the Sony CyberShot DSC-QX100 *


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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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