By November 10, 2013

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 unboxing and setup video

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10The quality and pixel count of cameras built in to smartphones is improving all the time but there are always compromises to be made when you’re cramming a sensor and optics in to a package small enough to fit in to a smartphone where anything over about 10mm is considered too ‘fat’.

There have been obvious leaps forward particularly with the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Ultrapixel sensor on the HTC One but even though these cameras are good there’s still no beating the optics and sensors in ‘proper’ digital cameras.

So enter the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10, a lens camera system from Sony. Sony have taken the G Lens and ExmorR CMOS sensor from one of their digital cameras and put them in to a package that’s the same size as the lens itself. The result is a camera with 10x zoom and 18.2MP sensor in a package that looks like it’s just a small-ish lens.

The idea here is that you can use this “lens camera” with your existing Android or iOS smartphone to give you a really good camera experience, far better than you could expect from the built-on camera and with a 10x zoom and optical image stabiliser to boot.

You connect your phone to the QX10 via WiFi direct and then use Playmemories Mobile app as the interface and viewfinder for the camera.

I decided to get a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 because the camera on the Nexus 5 isn’t great… However, word of warning, the Playmemories App, which is essential to using the QX10, doesn’t work on the Nexus 5, presumably doesn’t support Android OS 4.4 yet!


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 specification

  • Image Sensor
    • Type ExmorR CMOS sensor
    • Size 1.0/2.3 type (7.76mm)
    • Gross Pixels Approx. 18.9 Megapixels
    • Effective Pixels Approx. 18.2 Megapixels
  • Lens
    • Lens Type Sony G 9 elements in 7 groups(including 4 aspheric elements)
    • F Number F3.3(W)-5.9(T)
    • Focal Length (f=) f=4.45-44.5mm
    • Focal Length (35mm conversion) – Still Image 16:9 f=27.5-275mm
    • Focal Length (35mm conversion) – Still Image 4:3 f=25-250mm
    • Focal Length (35mm conversion) – Movie 16:9 f=27.5-275mm(SteadyShot Standard), f=27.5-385mm(SteadyShot Active)
    • Focal Length (35mm conversion) – Movie 4:3 f=33.5-335mm(SteadyShot Standard), f=33.5-469mm(SteadyShot Active)
    • Focus Range (iAuto) W: Approx. 5cm(0.16′) to infinity, T:Approx.150cm(4.92′) to infinity
    • Focus Range (Program Auto) W: Approx. 5cm(0.16′) to infinity, T: Approx. 150cm(4.92′) to infinity
    • Optical Zoom 10x
    • 18M (4,896 X 3,672) 4:3 mode Yes
    • 13M (4,896 X 2,752) 16:9 mode Yes
    • 5M (2,592 X 1,944) 4:3 mode Yes
    • 2M (1,920 X 1,080) 16:9 mode Yes
    • AVC MP4 – 1,440 X 1,080 (12M) Yes
  • Other Features
    • Face Detection Yes
    • Still Image Recording during movie Yes
    • Start-up Time Approx. 6.9 sec
    • Shooting Time Lag Approx. 1.2 sec
    • Shutter Release Time Lag Approx. 0.037 sec.
    • Built-in Microphone Stereo
    • Optical Zoom During Movie Recording 10x
    • Wi-Fi Yes
    • NFC Yes
  • Dimensions & Weight
    • Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 62.4mm x 61.8mm x 33.3mm
    • Weight (with Battery & Memory Stick) Approx. 105.0g
    • Weight (Body only) Approx. 90g

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