Along with the launch of the Xperia Z1 in Malaysia, Sony also showcased its upcoming attachable smart lenses for smartphones – the DSC-QX100 and the DSC-QX10.
To put it simply, these QX lenses are not just ordinary lenses as they are equipped with their own image sensor. So they’re actually working cameras minus the display but have NFC, WiFi, its own microSD card slot and removable battery.
So how does it work? Just pair the QX lens to your NFC-enabled smartphone or manually connect to it via WiFi, clamp it on your device and you’re good to go. With the help of Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile app (available for iOS and Android), your smartphone instantly becomes the display and trigger while the QX handles all the photography workload. Take a look at the video below:
Another impressive feat of the QX lenses is their ability to work on both iOS and Android so you can use any WiFi-enabled device like an iPhone, iPod, or even a Php4,000 locally-branded Android smartphone. And since it works wirelessly, you can detach it from your device and use it up to a maximum of 50 meters. You can even attach it on a tripod for that nice group shot and simply trigger it from a distance with your smartphone.
Sony DSC-QX100 specs:
1-inch 20.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor (similar to the Cybershot RX100 II)
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens
f/1.8 – f/4.9 aperture
3.6x optical zoom (28-100mm eq.)
160 – 3200 ISO
8 – 1/2000 shutter speed
dedicated control ring
63 x 63 x 56 mm
Sony DSC-QX10 specs:
1/2.3-inch 18.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor (same sensor as the Xperia Z1 and Cybershot WX150)
Sony G Lens
f/3.3 – f/5.9 aperture
10x optical zoom (25-250mm eq.)
100 – 1600 ISO
4 – 1/1600 shutter speed
62 x 62 x 33 mm
The QX100 has a price tag of $500 (around Php22,000) while the QX10 costs $250 (around Php11,000). Both are slated to arrive in October together with the Sony Xperia Z1.