Sony’s new QX series Lens Style Cameras are brilliant. A good chunk of photographs come from the very capable smartphones almost everyone carries these days. In the same vein, cameras too have evolved into digital settings and many of their components overlap with those available in smartphones. Sony is putting the two in a union with the Lens Style Cameras. The QX Series are comparatively small cameras, almost smaller than several lenses available. But each of these is a full fledged camera with its own lens, sensors, processor, microSD storage, and the wifi capability that makes it all possible.
You can attach these cameras to your smartphones by means of an adapter, or just keep the camera and phone within range. Basically, the phone works as the digital screen and control panel for the camera. So while the actual camera dedicates itself entirely to photography, functions like a screen and controls can be safely outsourced to the smartphone. The cameras are available in two flavors, the DSC-QX100 and the DSC-QX10.
As the names would suggest, the DSC-QX100 is the elder brother to the QX10. QX100 can capture 20.2 megapixel photos and has a manual control ring that allows the user to adjust the focus and zoom. It works through a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8-4.9 lens with 3.6x optical zoom.
DSC-QX10 gives up some features for more mobility and economy, like giving up the manual zoom and focus. It sports a f/3.3-5.9 lens. It captures images at 18 megapixel and goes up to 10x zoom.
Available in black and white, both cameras will start shipping on September 25. Compatible with iOS and Android devices, the cameras will be controlled through Sony’s Play Memories app.