Technology continues it’s unabated march to higher and higher levels.
First we had the advent of the cellphone, then came along digital cameras, both of which have now pretty much become everyday household items.
So someone decided to raise the bar a little higher recently, with the announcement of a unique photo system that can be used with your cellphone.
The product has been designed by Sony and comes in two models, the QX10 and QX100 lenses.
What are the QX10 and QX100?
In short, both models are complete digital cameras in essence, minus the body. Everything you normally see in a digital camera has been packed into these lenses, which will work with both iPhone and Android phones.
How the system works
The lenses attach to your cellphone through and adjustable spring-loaded bracket, and will fit onto all phones between 2.12 and 2.91 inches wide.
The weird thing about the system is that you don’t have to attach the lens to a cellphone if you don’t want to….it can quite happily sit on a mini-tripod, or even be held in your hand. It can also be used completely on it’s own, without a cellphone, but of course in this way, you’ll lose the digital viewfinder of your phone. You only need to be within 10 or 15 feet of the lens if you’re going to use it with your phone, as it will then connect to it using wi-fi.
Photos are stored within the lens (providing you have inserted a memory card) as well as inside your phone.
As for the techie specs of the lenses, here they are:
QX10–cost around $250–18.2 megapixel sensor, 10x optical zoom, supplied with rechargeable batteries good for 220 images or 25mins video
QX100–cost around $500, a 20.2 megapixel 1 inch sensor, Carl Zeiss Sonnar lens with 3.6x optical zoom
A unique take on a digital theme, but the Cybershot cameras give the same quality and options, at a lower price….so, is it worth paying $500? It’s a question of personal taste and opinion, really….some may like it, especially as it offers the cellphone capability….but then, some new cameras have wi-fi built into them anyway…..