Sony has released firmware version 2.00 for its QX10 and QX100 lens-style cameras, only days after we find out they have new, larger tablet mounting brackets available for these same units. Obviously, Sony believes in helping us take the best photographs and videos possible using our mobile devices, as the update adds higher ISO support and Full HD video recording.
Before you shrug this off as another simple phone/tablet camera lens accessory, made to enhance the abilities of your devices’ built in camera, let me tell you a bit more about these lens-style cameras.
First and foremost, these are not simply lenses for your device, these are actual cameras. QX10 is an 18 MP and QX100 a 20 MP shooter with a 1″ Exmor CMOS sensor. These are highly capable, 10x optical zoom, DSLR quality, WiFi enabled cameras that use NFC to connect to your mobile device. They store images internally while sending a copy to your connected phone or tablet. They rely on your connected mobile device to provide a view screen, but also have simple zoom and shoot buttons on their case for standalone operation
Here’s our hands-on with the lenses from IFA 2013:
Unlike Samsung’s approach to the Android camera, in their unique phone-turned-camera Galaxy Camera, Sony is offering a solution that works directly with your mobile device, utilizing the screen that is already in your pocket instead of requiring you to carry a full separate device dedicated to snap high quality photos. Starting at $250, this may just be your next camera.