Over the years our smartphones have been trying to join in one equipment several useful devices on the daily basis. Instead of having a device in the pocket that only makes phone calls, we will have little computers capables of be calendars, phones, game console, camera and so much more. However, despite of the existence of some equipments with very good skills in what concerns to the capture of images the truth is that the most of them doesn’t satisfy its users. Bad quality in what concerns to the colors, bad focus, brightness and much more problems are the main reasons for the smartphone’s cameras are only use when there isn’t a better camera.
Thinking about these users Sony decided to bet on the releasing of DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 Cyber-Shot cameras. These digital cameras can be directly coupled to our smartphone and capture photos with quality similar (but not the same) to a camera of medium/high range.
The equipment that we received to test was the QX10 and nothing better to test a Sony equipment, the Xperia Z. Stay with us and keep up with the analysis of this equipment.
A different box the goal of catching our attention to a device pretty interesting in it’s inside. The box it’s round with the shape of the camera and inside we can find along with the device a microUSB cable to charge the camera, user manual, conveyor belt for the wrist, a support accessory for a smartphone and a NP-BN rechargeable battery.
The box it’s quite different than normal. Cylindrical shape, fit, matches the simple and modern design of the QX-10 camera. The camera that we had for testing as you can see on the photos was black. However it’s possible to have this camera in white.
As we take the QX-10 out of the box it looks like we are with a lens for a camera but actually we are with a digital camera prepared to connect to mobile devices trough Wi-Fi.
The equipment it’s pretty light and very ergonomic, and adapts pretty easier to our hand. Every buttons and entries are cosily built in the little (but powerful) camera. The dimensions and weight (62.5×62.5×33.3mm and 90 grams respectively) of this camera are very pleasant , ideals to be carried on a pocket or purse without the problem of the weight.
This camera lens it’s a Sony G with an Optical Zoom of 10x capable of being use in photos and videos, and focusing is made manually.
The camera also has a R CMOS Exmor sensor and WiFi / NFC connectivity.
But better than describing all the device’s specifications it’s presenting a list of them:
- Optical Zoom: 10x Zoom (photos and videos)
- Focus distance (f=mm): f=4, 45-44, 5mm
- Focus distance (f= 35mm conversion): f=25-250mm (4:3 mode for photos)
- Lens: Sony G
- Sensor type: R CMOS Exmor sensor
- Camera with a 18.2 Mpx processor
- Focusing: manual
- Connectivity: WiFi / NFC
- Storage: SD / microSDHC/ microSDXC
- Recording format: jpeg and mp4
- Dimensions: 62.5×62.5×33.3mm
- Weight: 90g
A camera to replace the camera of your mobile device
The QX-10 it’s a digital camera that it’s prepared to replace the camera from your smartphone or tablet. Actually this device works better when combine with a smartphone thanks to the back support so it can be attached to the device.
The way of working of this camera it’s very simple and it’s ridiculously simple if we talk about smartphones with NFC. In practice after the mobile application it’s installed (available for Android and iOS) you just have to lean the camera to the smartphone and wait for the pairing of the devices and start taking photos. Easier than that it’s difficult and in this feature Sony scored several points.
The process of taking photos it’s very simple and the user can choose two distinct ways. The first it’s the easier way and it’s with the smartphone screen. Using the device’s screen where the Play Memories Mobile application it’s running the user can change the focus point, zooming and then take the photo. In the second option you can use the physical buttons on the camera and you can adjust the zoom and also take pictures. However this last option isn’t the best option available.
After taking the picture this is moved to your mobile device via WiFi. The process it’s a little slow and it takes several seconds until the captured image it’s available for visualization on our smartphone. But isn’t only the image transfer process that it’s slow and you can also see that when you zooming. When we choose to use the device’s screen to make adjustments on the camera the slowness isn’t so significant as in the transfer process but still we can see a little delay.
The QX-10 digital camera brings an accessory to easy the task of taking pictures that simulates that the camera it’s in our mobile device. This accessory fits behind the camera and has two flaps that are expandable and hold our smartphone from side to side keeping the camera always attached to our phone.
Photos and Zoom
The secret of capture images and its transfer to the mobile device it’s on the PlayMemories Mobile applications that it’s available for iOS and for Android on their stores.
The result of the picture captured it’s pretty good with clear images, bright and well defined colors. It’s not the result of a complete profissional camera but for those who want pictures with quality without carry an heavy device than this it’s an excellent option.
The big advantage of joining the QX10 to our smartphone it’s quality of the pictures that we can get on maximum zoom. Usually the cameras of the mobile devices even though they are very good, the quality of the zoom isn’t always very good. With the QX10 the result it’s much better presenting the Sony device as the ideal device for this kind of photos.
In dark environments the camera it’s very smart. Not so much as you can expect but still surprising. When we received this camera one of the doubts was if it has the ability of turn on the flash of the mobile device (because this camera doesn’t have any flash). The answer was no, the QX10 doesn’t have this possibility. We were a little reticent about this limitation but after all we realize that this problem doesn’t exist because the QX10 after taking a picture transfers that to the device with clarity and we can see all the details and all the colors.
The video capture it’s dependent of a memory card inside the QX10.
Battery and Storage
The QX-10 camera comes with a NP-BN rechargeable battery that allows to capture about 220 photos and when we record a video the battery lasts about 25 minutes. On continuous shooting the time of battery reaches 65 minutes. However this values vary from smartphone to smartphone depending the way of use.
In what concerns to storage this can be made directly to the smartphone (except if we are talking about video that as to be directly on a card) or using a microSD memory card or a Memory Stick Micro.
After a few photos taken with the device the impression that QX-10 leaves it’s pretty positive. A device quite different than normal that brings a breath of fresh air to what the cameras of the future could be. The concept it’s very interesting because the user can use the resources of their smartphone and enjoy the quality of the photos.
However there are still some characteristics that needs to be improved and maybe the next Sony models could consider that.