Test: Sony CyberShot DSC-QX10 & DSC QX100

From a technical perspective is Sony’s Wi-Fi-kameralinser impressive. In practical use, however, is missing a part.

QX10, and the more expensive qx100 are quite similar to each other. Performance differences are found in the sensor size, lens type, and manual focus, which of course means that even price diffs. Both the lenses, however, use the same technology to connect to the cell phone, as well as the same app – Sony Playmemories, which is available to both ios and Android.

QX-lenses are special because they do not need a screen to take pictures. So you can take photos in the dark that is stored on a micro-sd card (not supplied) inserted in the lens. Obviously it’s not optimal but at the property to have the lenses separated from the screen provides enormous benefits if you have a little imagination. Thanks to the ability to put the lens on a tripod, you can take pictures of the very odd perspective. With the mobile as a viewfinder, it becomes suddenly very easy to take interesting self-portrait. If you have multiple lenses, you can switch between them, and that in turn can be very handy in certain situations, such as if you’re going to shoot a small concert. Set the lenses on each side of the stage, and switch between them at the same time you can use your phone’s own camera as a moving options so you have all of a sudden a comprehensive approach.

If you feel like to be a little more traditional, so attach the lens on the cell phone with an included clip. I recommend a more mobile, less mobile, volume buttons and the like to compete on the site which reduces investment opportunities. The connection with your phone over a password-protected Wi-Fi networks as the lens parts out. The piece works without problems. It is rather the bitrates in the app that makes it sometimes it lags considerably in the viewfinder and zoom in on something so it becomes almost impossible to take a good picture.When zoomed out, you can eventually learn how much lag you can expect and compensate for it.

Serial Imaging is just to forget about saving the images on your phone, because the process is so time consuming. Generally, it is precisely the speed which is constituting the Achilles heel. The autofocus is bitwise right tough, it takes a long time to launch the photos app and the lens separately in, for example, the bag so it will take a very long time to get it all assembled and ready for shooting, even if you can let the removable lens mount on the cell phone.

The app refuses

The app itself does not give much to complain about but I would have wished that there had been more settings options. It also happens sometimes that the app refuses to change image formats with qx10 with it solve by restarting the lens. A big minus is that it is not possible to use the mobile phone’s photo lamp in symbiosis with the lenses.

Sony has managed to pack in a lot in a relatively small lens body and image quality will be better than with your phone’s built-in camera, especially with qx100. But toughness pulls down the overall impression and the lack of more advanced settings options in the app irritating after a while. If you have an open mind, we still have a lot of fun. I hope Sony can solve some of the problems with the app updates. As it is now it feels more like an interesting first attempt.

Questions and answers:

What are the checks on the lenses?

Shutter button and zoom. Both also have a small battery indicator and QX 100 also has a focus ring.

Can we see other compatible apps in the future?

Yes, Sony has released the code so that the third party Application providers can make applications to the lenses.

How is it with the Wi-Fi range?

No retired but I tested on about 5 metres and it worked without problems.

Sony CyberShot DSC QX10

System: Android, Ios

Sensor: 1/2.3 inch (7,76 mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor

Lens: Sony G Lens

Max resolution: 18 Megapixels, 3 x, 4:4.896 3.672 pixel

Video: 1440 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Aperture: (F) 3.3 (W), (F) 5.9 (T)

Brännvid (35 mm Equivalent): [Still image 16:9] f = 27.5-275 mm [Still 4:3] f = 30-w 25-250 mm

f = 27.5-275 mm (SteadyShot Standard), f = 27.5-385 (SteadyShot Active Mode)

–> f = 33.5-335 mm (SteadyShot Standard), f = 33.5-469mm (SteadyShot Active Mode)

Shutter speed: iAuto (4-1/1600)/Program Auto (1-1/1600)

The still-ISO 100-3200 (iAuto), 100-12800 (Superior Auto), 100-1600 (Program Auto)

Flm-ISO: 100-1000

Battery: Lithium 3, 6V (interchangeable)


Sony CyberShot DSC QX100

System: Android, Ios

Sensor: 1.0 inch Exmor R CMOS sensor

Lens: Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T

Max resolution: 20.9 megapixels, 2 x, 3:5.472 3.648 pixel

Video: 1440 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps

Aperture: F 1.8 (W), F 4.9 (T)

Brännvid (35 mm Equivalent): [Still image 3:2] f = 28-100 mm [16:9 Still] f = 29-105 mm [Still 4:3] f = 30-w [Stillbild1:1] f = 36-127 mm [Video 16:9] f = 29-105 mm (SteadyShot Standard), f = 33-120 mm (SteadyShot Active Mode)

–> f = 36-128 mm (SteadyShot Standard), f = 41-146mm (SteadyShot Active Mode)

Shutter speed: iAuto (4-1/2000)/Program Auto (1-1/2000)/Dazzles priority (8-1/2000)

Still image ISO: 160-6400 (iAuto), 160-25600 (Superior Auto), 160-3200 (Program Auto), ISO160-3200 (Dazzles priority)

Video-ISO: 160-3200

Battery: Lithium 3, 6V (interchangeable)