Sony QX10 review

Sony QX10 review

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  • Sony's new smart lenses are designed to boost your smartphones camera, but are they worth your pennies? Check out our Sony QX10 review

    Sony QX10 review

    Love

    • Fun to use
    • Original looking results
    • Good price

    Hate

    • Doesn’t fit some phablets
    • No flash
    • No proper photography controls

    The Sony QX10 is a concept of oddity and brilliance rolled into one. It’s a camera without a body and it wants to use your smartphone as its screen.

    Why would you want to let it? Well, the major boost of the Sony QX10 is that it’ll bring 10x optical zoom to your mobile photography. The Nokia Lumia 1020 may advertise itself for its telephoto abilities, but what a so-called lens camera can offer is in an entirely different league.

    The only similar product you’ll find is the the Sony QX10’s bigger brother, the Sony QX100 . It’s the big zoom that you get with the former along with a far lower £164 asking price. There’s more megapixels and a faster, Carl Zeiss lens to be won should you care to stump up an eye-watering £384 of the latter. For that money, though, one might argue that a high end compact would be a better investment, but can the same be said of the Sony QX10?

    Sony QX10: Size and build

    Size most definitely matters when you’re talking about a lens camera. It needs to be significantly more convenient to carry around than a compact otherwise it’s more a flight of tech fancy than a gadget that actually solves a problem.

    It’s a pretty close run thing with the Sony QX10 but we’d say that it’s no easier on your pocket than a slim, high-end snapper like the Canon PowerShot S120 or Panasonic LX7 .

    It’s certainly much lighter at just 90g and the circular, hockey puck shape is definitely good. The only trouble is that it’s really quite thick measuring 62.4 x 61.8 x 33.3mm and it’s really thickness that’s the killer when to comes to mobility. That’s something that smartphone manufacturers figured out as the dawn of the phablet arrived.

    Aesthetically, it’s a nice piece of kit, though. It looks wonderfully intriguing, it’s solidly built and the few buttons that do exist are well-considered. What’s more, we really like the fold-out clip that you attach to the rear. It forms a bracket which adjusts neatly on a spring to make sure that it can stick itself to most normal smartphones.

    The only problem is that there are a quite a few abnormal smartphones out there theses days and the bracket wouldn’t go wide enough to latch onto the 6-inch Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet  that we were testing out at the same time. The QX10 extends to a maximum phone width of 74mm. Make sure it fits yours before you buy. Black or white is your only choice beyond.

  • The Sony QX10 smart lens is a more affordable version of the QX100, both of which enable you take high-quality snaps to share from your phone

    Sony QX10 review

    Love

    • Fun to use
    • Original looking results
    • Good price

    Hate

    • Doesn’t fit some phablets
    • No flash
    • No proper photography controls

    Announced at the same time as the more expensive Sony QX100, the Sony QX10 smart lens also attaches to your smartphone, enabling you to share quality snaps to the web.

    Connecting via NFC or Wi-Fi, the lens can be used attached to your phone or used freestanding, as it houses its own processor, working independently from your phone's camera.

    Sony QX10: Size and build

    Like the QX100, the QX10 will fit pretty much any smartphone as long as it measures 54-75mm wide and is no more than 13mm thick.

    We tried out both smart lenses on a Sony Xperia Z and an iPhone 4S had no problems making them fit. The QX10 is smaller than the QX100 although a sports a bigger x10 optical zoom.

    You'll also find a standard tripod mount on the underside for setting up steadier shots.

    Sony QX10: Features

    While the QX100 uses the sensor from the Sony RX100 II high-end compact camera, the cheaper QX10 uses the 18MP sensor from the Sony WX200.

    Both lenses work with the free Sony Play Memories Mobeil camera app - available on both iOS and Android. According to Sony, the QX10 will offer 110 minutes of battery life and 25 minutes for video - something that we'll be testing out more thorougly in our full review.

    Sony QX10: Controls

    Like the QX100, controls are kept to a minimum, along with the power button, you'll also find a shutter release button plus a zoom lever in case you prefer the feel of manual controls over using your smartphone's touchscreen.

    Sony QX10: Picture quality

     

    So far, we've only seen pre-production product, so we can't comment on picture quality, but that's something we'll be looking at more closely when we get a finished sample in at T3 HQ.

    Sony QX10: Verdict

    The higher-end QX100 seems to make more sense than the QX10: although it's bigger, it offers the same quality you'd get from a premium compact, while the QX10 only offers the quality from a lower-specced compact, which arguably isn't that much better than what you'd get from a top tier smartphone like the HTC One or Nokia Lumia 1020.

    Having said that, we look forward to testing out the QX10 properly to see if it's got genuine appeal. Stay tuned for a full review.

    Sony QX10 release date: Late September 2013

    Sony QX10 price: £179

    Hands-on review by Libby Plummer

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