Sony QX attachable lens-style camera

Sony's minsucule QX Lens Camera offers the specs of its high-end RX100 point-and-shoot--a 1" sensor and Zeiss F1.8 glass--but clips right onto a smartphone. It hooks up with an iOS or Android app, via WiFi or NFC, thereby letting you use the phone as the camera's viewscreen. (There's an even smaller version, too, though its sensor and lens aren't as good; you may as well just get a Nokia 1020.)

I rather like the idea of a tiny, high-end camera that can just clip-on to anything--cellphone, webcam, helmet, bike, etc. But the RX100 is already small enough, has more features, and is only a little more expensive. At $500 for the version worth buying, that QX is a pretty penny.

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    1. You talk about the QX100 but show a picture of the QX10.
    2. The idea of the QX cameras isn't just that they're small - it's also that they're detached, enabling you to use them in ways you can't with a camera - no matter how small.
    3. The RX100 is already 'small enough'? Small enough for what? For whom? Completely subjective.
    4. May as well get a Nokia 1020? So you've compared the lens of the QX10 and the 1020 and say that the combination are equivalent? For what situations?

    With respect: Fail.

  1. what exactly is that?

  2. Check out their promotional video:

    Also note: the QX100 comes with a tripod mount (I don't know if the QX10 does).

    All this isn't to say there aren't things to be (bitterly?) disappointed about with the QX100. No shutter priority mode, no RAW, no 1080/60p video, etc.

  3. I'd thought a camera with an upgradable phone module would be cool (as cameras change slower than phones), this is a niftier version of the same idea, a camera that is little more than the sensor and lens, with the display and storage on the phone. I could see buying one, not saying that I will, I'd like to see some reviews, just for starters.

  4. Engadget has a hands-on here:

    I love the idea of this, though I'd never buy one (far too expensive for the "neat toy" category that it would fall into for me).

    Well, as far as I can tell it connects to the phone via wifi, so it doesn't technically have to be attached to the phone in order to work. Meaning you could place it somewhere, and control it remotely using your phone - limited only by the wifi signal strength, I guess. Which is probably available in other cameras (I have a feeling there are high end DSLRs that allow remote control via smartphone apps), but not sure how widely available it is in cameras in this price range.

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