Sony QX10 review
- Fun to use
- Original looking results
- Good price
- 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.