Mobiles and photography have become a kind of tangled love affair. While they have certainly given a new meaning to photography due to the connectivity and convenience factor, most often than not the images clicked by them are disappointing. Many companies have tried to sort it out in a different manner- Nikon and Samsung launched connected cameras like Coolpix S800c or Galaxy Camera, whilst Nokia and Samsung added camera centric functionalities in Lumia 1020 and Galaxy S4 Zoom. Now, Sony has also tried to tackle this issue in an innovative way- lens style camera which can be remotely controlled by any smartphone.
Essentially, the QX100 and QX10 are complete cameras without the screen and body. They have to be used along with the smartphone (Android or iOS) which acts as a viewfinder. The best part about this arrangement is that the lens can either be attached to the smartphone via bracket or hold them separately/ mount them on a tripod for stable shots. Although you’ve to remain within 10-15 m range to control the lenses from the smartphones. Even the lenses can directly be used to capture image/ video as they have memory card slot (but you’ll not be able to see what you’re capturing).
The lenses can be connected wirelessly with the smartphone through NFC or Wi-Fi. With NFC compatible device, all it takes is a one touch tap between it and the lenses for establishing the connection. Then, you’ve to download Sony’s PlayMemories Online app available on Play Store or App Store for Android and iOS respectively. Now the smartphone is ready to control the lenses to take images/video, adjust various settings like zoom, autofocus, etc. After capturing the images, they are stored on both the lenses (if memory card is installed) and the smartphone for further sharing.
Check this video to get a better idea of the capabilities of the lenses-
As seen from the specifications, DSC QX100 is more advanced between the two and costs $500, whereas DSC QX10 is priced at $250. Both the lenses will be available for purchase by the end of this month.
This is certainly a different idea and Sony which always lagged behind others when it comes to innovation, might have created a whole new category. Although the pricing is high, the fact that these lenses totally brings world-class photography experience to our smartphones can’t be missed. What about you, would you like such an accessory?