Along with the Xperia Z1, Sony also unveiled the QX10 and QX100 attachments at IFA 2013 yesterday, a pair of lenses that can connect to any mobile device to turn it into a high-end compact camera. We were fortunate enough to spend some time at the Sony booth playing with the Xperia Z1 and its accessories. These are our first impressions of the Sony QX10 and QX100 lens attachments.
At a basic level, the QX10 and QX100 contain an adjustable lens system, a high quality sensor, as well as other components for connecting to the device. The two gadgets can be paired to the Xperia Z1 (or any other NFC-enabled device for the matter) with a simple tap, and, after the paring, all communication goes through Wi-Fi direct. Sony provided a lightweight plastic bracket that can fit on multiple device sizes, that users have to put on the back of the phone, similarly to a protective case. Then the lenses are mounted on the bracket via a clip-on mechanism. All the operation takes just a few seconds once you get the hang of it. After the pairing is achieved, users can control the QX10 and QX100 from the smartphone. We didn’t notice much lag, though that might depend on your own setup. It’s not necessary to have the lens attached to the phone, so you can use it in all kinds of creative ways.
In terms of photographic specifications, the higher-end QX100 offers a 1-inch, 20.2 MP Exmor RCMOS sensor, paired with a fast, wide aperture Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens with 3.6x optical zoom, and a BIONZ image processor. There’s a ring for manual control of zoom. The QX10 brings an 18.2 MP Exmor RCMOS sensor, and 10x optical zoom Sony G Lens. Both models offer Steadyshot OIS. We hope to get the Sony QX10 and Sony QX100 for testing soon, so we can bring you the all important camera samples and comparisons.
Stay tuned for more IFA 2013 and Sony coverage throughout the day and later this week!