Sony QX10 And QX100: Power Tuning for Smartphone Cameras

by | April 29, 2016

With Sony’s plug-in cameras QX10 and QX100 by widening your Smartphone to a larger image sensor and a zoom lens. The control and image transfer via Wi-Fi to Android and iOS devices. We have tested the SmartShot cameras and tell you what kind of images they are suitable.

The Sony QX10 and QX100 differ in the size of the image sensor, the focal length of the lenses and the adjustment ring on the front of the lens. The other facilities and the operation of the two devices is the same. The smaller QX10 offers you a CMOS image sensor with a resolution of 18.2 megapixels and a diagonal of 7.76 mm (type 1/2,3), widely used in compact cameras. The in-house Sony G lens has an aperture of 3.3 to 5.9 and a tenfold zoom with a focal length of 25 to 250 mm converted in the small picture format.

Also a larger image sensor inside the larger QX100. The diagonal with 15, 8 mm is more than twice as long with a surface area of 13.2 x 8.8 mm. The resolution is only slightly larger 20.2 megapixel, however, – what is rather good for image quality. As lens, Sony installed a Vario-Sonnar T lens with an aperture of 1.8 to 4.9 and a 3,6-fachem zoom Zeiss. Focal length converted in the small picture format ranges from 28 to 100 mm. front lens takes your a collar to manual focus, which does not exist in the small QX10.

Good Facilities and Easy to Set Up

You can with the Sony SmartShots without Smartphone take photos – a trigger is available directly at the housing – and save on a microSD card. However, you don’t have a control over the subject since the QX10 and QX100 have no screen and your Smartphone serves as your viewfinder.

Makes sense to use the two cameras, you need the “Play Memories Mobile” app that is there for Android and iOS. After your installation need to connect your Smartphone and SmartShot. On Android devices with NFC, it is sufficient to hold the QX10 or QX100. The camera turns on automatically and via Wi-Fi connects itself without further intervention. Your Smartphone has no NFC, like about the iPhone, you select the Wi-Fi of camera attachments before the first connection and once you can enter the password from the user manual.

For spontaneous snapshots are the two SmartShot cameras not suitable, because even with the quick and convenient connection via NFC, it takes several seconds for the Wi-Fi connection has been established.

Interaction between Smartphone Works

Sony equips the QX10 and the QX100 with two retaining hooks fold-out. The top is height-adjustable, so fit the two SmartShot cameras on many Smartphones. Phablets such as the Samsung Galaxy touch 3 or the LG G Flex are too wide. You are very free in image design, because you can not have to attach the cameras to the Smartphone, but also freely in the hand, or on a tripod – thread is available – make. However, handed the Wi-Fi connection maximum five meters wide and need a direct line of sight. A human body was enough to make breaking off the contact. Also, the wireless network when the shooting turned out to be not permanently stable. Irregular and without apparent reason briefly froze the live viewfinder on your Smartphone. At other moments, but even rapid movements caused him no problems.

Nothing objectionable there at the mount. The SmartShots sit securely on your Smartphone. However, you need both hands to attach or remove again, because with the QX10 or your phone in a bag fits QX100. One-handed shots – like with a compact camera – are hardly possible with the combination of mobile phone and camera put on.

About the play memories mobile app you operated the shutter button and changing the focal length. You have more control over the shutter button and the zoom button on the camera body. In the default setting, the QX10 and the QX100 transfer the photos immediately after the recording on your Smartphone. You can set in the app settings, whether in the original file or a scaled down version is transmitted.

Is Controlled Via the App, Play Memories

About the play memories app controls your white balance, image size and adjusts the exposure compensation. While showing you the aperture and exposure time, but you can not adjust them. This is a self timer. Beyond it, where the SmartShots save your recordings – inserted memory card determines or on your Smartphone.

The Sony QX10 and the QX100 focus the target motifs with their fleet and most reliable auto focus. By tapping on the touch screen, you determine another focus point. At the QX100, you even manually adjusts the focus using the ring on request. Videos include the Sony QX10 and the QX100 in HD quality.

The batteries have a smaller capacity than an average Smartphone with 630 mAh. In permanent use was less than 1.5 hours. At the same time the permanent charged Wi-Fi connection and the on screen of course the battery of your Smartphone. The charging is done directly in the SmartShots on the micro-USB connector.

Better Pictures and More Design Freedom

Both SmartShot cameras deliver better image quality than most smartphones. The Sony QX10 is level with an average compact camera, the QX100 anything about it. Compared to the Sony Xperia Z1 offered the photos when looking at the details of a clearer structure and more vivid colors. In the scaled-down view that usually ends up on Facebook, Twitter and co., the differences in shots with plenty of light were, however, difficult to see.

Compared to a Smartphone, the SmartShot cameras offer you a significant greater margin of discretion, not 1020 or by a permanently thick housing how to zoom with the Samsung Galaxy S4 specified by technical tricks such as the Nokia Lumia with your zoom lenses. In addition scores especially the QX100 with their high-quality lenses and a high light intensity is so far no place for that in smartphones. In addition both SmartShot cameras have an optical image stabilizer, which prevents camera shake when shooting and for smartphones is still not widely used.

Conclusion: The Best Choice for Smartphone Photographer

The two SmartShot cameras QX10 and QX100 Sony worthwhile for those who are not satisfied with the picture quality and above all the available focal length of their smartphones. Set up is straightforward, and the photos end up quickly on your device and from there also in the Internet. For spontaneous snapshots and subjects in fast motion, they not suitable however only limited or no.

The QX100 has the better image sensor and the higher quality lens – but with the smaller focal length. She’s also more than twice as expensive as the QX10, whose retail price is 199 euros 449 euros (EIA).