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Sony QX10 and QX100 Press Release Leaked, Pricing and Full Details Now Known


Why wait for IFA and Sony’s official announcement when we live in this amazing digital age? Today, a press release and product video for the Sony Qx10 and QX100 hit the web, so now there are no more secrets about these two accessories. If you wanted to know pricing, availability and full specs, then read on. 

The QX100 will be the more expensive of the two, coming in at around $500. It features the same sensor that is found in the RX100 II, capable of taking very low-noise and “exceptionally detailed” photographs. The QX10 will come priced in at around $250, featuring an 18.2 megapixel Exmor R™ CMOS sensor and 10x optical zoom.

Both lens-style cameras work over WiFi to connect to any Android device that is running Honeycomb or over. Connecting to devices is easy, with NFC capabilities that allow users to easily bump the two devices to begin the connection. From there, you can either use a special attachment to connect the lens to your phone or even utilize a special tripod for taking still shots.

The devices will be available later this month through Sony’s online store. Interested?


New Sony QX100 and QX10 “Lens-Style Cameras” Redefine the Mobile Photography Experience

New Concept Cameras Link Flawlessly to Smartphone, Offering High-Zoom, Stunning Quality Images and Full HD Videos for Instant Sharing

Merging the creative power of a premium compact camera with the convenience and connectivity of today’s smartphones, Sony today introduced two “lens-style” QX series cameras that bring new levels of fun and creativity to the mobile photography experience.

The innovative Cyber-shot™ QX100 and QX10 models utilize Wi-Fi® connectivity to instantly transform a connected smartphone into a versatile, powerful photographic tool, allowing it to shoot high-quality images and full HD videos to rival a premium compact camera. It’s an entirely new and different way for consumers to capture and share memories with friends and family.

With a distinct lens-style shape, the new cameras utilize the latest version of Sony’s PlayMemories™ Mobile application (availablefor iOS™ and Android™ devices, version 3.1 or higher required) to connect wirelessly to a smartphone, converting the bright, large LCD screen of the phone into a real-time viewfinder with the ability to release the shutter, start/stop movie recordings, and adjust common photographic settings like shooting mode, zoom, Auto Focus area and more.

For added convenience, the app can be activated using NFC one-touch with compatible devices. Once pictures are taken, they are saved directly on both the phone and the camera*, and can be shared instantly via social media or other common mobile applications.

“With the new QX100 and QX10 cameras, we are making it easier for the ever-growing population of ‘mobile photographers’ to capture far superior, higher-quality content without sacrificing the convenience and accessibility of their existing mobile network or the familiar ‘phone-style’ shooting experience that they’ve grown accustomed to,” said Patrick Huang, director of the Cyber-shot business at Sony. “We feel that these new products represent not only an evolution for the digital camera business, but arevolution in terms of redefining how cameras and smartphones can cooperatively flourish in today’s market.”

The new compact, ultra-portable cameras can be attached to a connected phone with a supplied mechanically adjustable adapter, or can be held separately in hand or even mounted to a tripod while still maintaining all functionality and connectivity with the smartphone. They can also be operated as completely independent cameras if desired, as both the QX100 and QX10 cameras have a shutter release, memory card slot and come with a rechargeable battery.

Premium, Large-Sensor QX100 Camera

The Cyber-shot QX100 camera features a premium, high-quality 1.0 inch, 20.2 MP Exmor R™ CMOS sensor. Identical to the sensor found in the acclaimed Cyber-shot RX100 II camera, it allows for exceptionally detailed, ultra-low noise images in all types of lighting conditions, including dimly lit indoor and night scenes.

The sensor is paired with a fast, wide-aperture Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 3.6x optical zoom and a powerful BIONZ image processor, ensuring beautifully natural, detail-packed still images and Full HD videos. As an extra refinement, the QX100 sports a dedicated control ring for camera-like adjustment of manual focus and zoom.

Several different shooting modes can be selected while using the QX100 including Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Intelligent Auto and Superior Auto, which automatically recognizes 44 different shooting conditions and adjusts camera settings to suit.

High-Zoom Cyber-shot QX10 model

Boasting a powerful 18.2 effective megapixel Exmor R™ CMOS sensor and versatile 10x optical zoom Sony G Lens, the Cyber-shot QX10 camera allows mobile photographers to bring distant subjects closer without sacrificing image quality or resolution, a common problem in smartphones. It’s also extremely portable and lightweight – weighing less than 4 oz and measuring about 2.5”X2.5”x1.3”, it’s a great tool for travel photography.

Additionally, the camera has built-in Optical SteadyShot to combat camera shake, keeping handheld pictures and videos steady and blur-free. It has Program Auto, Intelligent Auto and Superior Auto modes to choose from, and will be available in two different colors – black and white.

Pricing and Availability

The new Cyber-shot QX100 and QX10 lens-style cameras will available later this month for about $500 and $250, respectively.

The cameras and a range of compatible accessories including a soft carry case and dedicated camera attachment for Sony Mobile phones like the Xperia™ Z can be purchased at Sony retail stores (www.store.sony.com) and other authorized dealers nationwide.

Please visit www.blog.sony.com for a full video preview of the new Sony Cyber-shot QX Series cameras and follow #SonyCamera on twitter for the latest camera news.

Via: Sony Alpha Rumors

  • Mark

    Do both of them connect over Bluetooth so you could use this on an iPod or does it have to be connected to the internet?

  • appropriate price for a QX100 QX10 and quality of sony

  • MichaelCrackMonkey

    So it requires NFC. I guess that leaves the iPhone out as being a compatible device. Maybe one of these days Apple will catch up with Android and offer NFC and 4G…..

  • Tyler

    Making selfies has never been easier!

  • Wil Gibson

    It cool how Sony is showing off that you don’t have to have these attached a your phone. This was actually something a picture doing when I first read about things. For $250, I might pick up the cheaper of the two. My point and click is getting to be 4 years old now and is showing its age. My phone also doesn’t have the best camera.

    While I am posting in a thread about a Sony product, are we going to get any more news about the Smartwatch 2? The last thing I heard about it was over a month ago, and I was under the impression that it is being released soon :/

  • Intellectua1

    I’m wondering will this be so good that it will replace my Nikon D5100. There has been too many times where I’ve went on vacation or a simple trip where I’ve wanted to get some good pics but accidently left my camera and laptop at home. But I never leave my phone and this lens would be perfect.. This also makes me think about getting the Sony Xperia Z Ultra over the Note 3 again. But the Note 3 is far too superior..

    • Jason Bittner

      Note 3 is not even announced yet…

      But yeah, it will be a much better phone.

    • Jay

      I disagree. I’ve been “donating” my money to Sammy ever since the release of S2. Then changed to the following – Note, S3, Note 2, S4… S4 was the last straw. Supposedly octacore, with a superior camera.. How far from the truth!! The camera takes FOREVER to start up, changing shooting modes was painful to say the least, going into edit mode felt like sticking some BBQ thongs into my nostrils!! And the camera’s AF was slower then my pet snail!! Not to mention the “toyish” feel of the phones because of all that plastic…

      The I held the Xperia Ultra, and the rest is history… Some may argue no flash, I say “SO what?!”. Phonecam photos never looked good with flash anyways, just totally washed out and everyone looking like zombies…

      And now, the prospect of pairing the ultimate smart mobile multimedia and telecoms device with these lenses??? I’m as excited and giddy as virgin about to have his first kiss!!!

  • Raven

    My main concern with this device would be shutter lag. If it is only good for shooting still images, then count me out. I am skeptical of the near instantaneous response that most action shots demand. And how fast will shooting multiple photos be if it has to send them all back to the phone via WiFi to then be written to the internal memory or microsd card if your phone actually has one. I will certainly be waiting to see some real 3rd party reviews.

    • Intellectua1

      Excellent points…

    • Jon

      I’m sure the device has a cache and can do that all in the background, just as it’s done today on so many cameras. That’s probably not going to be a problem at all.

      Communicating via WiFi direct at such close proximity will probably also have minimal if any lag on the video signal that’s transmitted.

  • Twofourturbo

    I’ll stick with my GoPro Hero 3 Black and it’s does just about the exact same thing! Except more durable.

  • Jon

    OMG…$250! This is my next.

  • Murph

    “The innovative Cyber-shot™ QX100 and QX10 models utilize Wi-Fi® connectivity to instantly transform a connected smartphone into a versatile, powerful photographic tool, allowing it to shoot high-quality images and full HD videos to rival a premium compact camera.”

    This concerns me… So the camera and your phone will connect via WiFi only?? So the camera will still take photographs, but this would mean you have no view-finder when you’re not on a WiFi network.

    • WiFi direct…. just means you will have to use your limited data plan to upload if you can’t wait until after you are done shooting.

      • Murph

        Oh i’m not worried about uploading…this sounds to me like the view-finder connection between the phone and the lens (which has no view-finder) will be WiFi only.

        • Jon

          WiFi Direct…that’s different than WiFi that requires a router. WiFi Direct does not require router.

          • Murph

            Yes of course, I’m familiar with WiFi Direct, but the word ‘Direct’ isn’t in the presser. Makes much more sense though… my feeble brain just didn’t make that leap.

    • Jay

      Sigh… Boss!! You don’t need a router in this case. WiFi Direct means exactly that!! Connects 2 devices together DIRECTLY via the devices’ WiFi radios!! Sigh…

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Are you in Berlin? The flight had to be painful.

    on topic: Maybe i’ll pick one up on ebay but i can’t buy it brand new. I hope it comes with the tripod. Start making my own phone reviews.

  • Eric Soriano

    $250 MSR = $200 street cost. I could be in at $200.

  • Sean Plantz

    This looks pretty cool actually.

  • BRIM

    This > Samsung bulky camera + phone

  • silentbob2003

    Can anyone tell me what Program Auto, Intelligent Auto, and Superior Auto mean? I’d love this if you could adjust the aperture and shutter speed like on my S95.

  • Nick Norman

    Now this is progress! Good job Sony!

    • myrna652

      as Brian responded I am inspired that a mother can make $9397 in 1 month on the internet. from this source w­w­w.J­A­M­20.c­o­m

      • MichaelCrackMonkey

        That’s nothing I made over $32K in one month on the internet and for a small fee I’ll show you how…

  • MK17

    It needs the ability to snap to the phone and automatically open the camera. That looked way to slow to pull out the camera.

  • NorCalGuy

    Does the lens also act as some type of viewfinder? Would be great if there was a shutter button on the lens then I could just leave the phone in the pocket…most pictures don’t have time for NFC touching then attaching lens to phone then focus then shot maybe if I was setting the family up for the Christmas picture or something. Or just leave it on the whole time and just have a massive lens poping out of the side of your head when you take a phone call.

  • Ryan

    better come with 64GB storage standard.

    • ahhh yes

      doesnt it have sd card?

  • Nex

    Interested if it shoots raw format and around $150, other than that, I’ll pass.

    • marko358

      The press release in the article has the prices for each version so where’s this $150 coming from?

      • michael arazan

        After 2-3 months of not selling at $500, I’d bet the price will drop

    • Jay

      Hey bro…wake up… It’s like asking if you can get a Ferrari by trading in your Proton Saga..(if you don’t know what is is, go Google it…)

  • MK17

    at 100-150 I’m interested.

  • WAldenIV

    I have some interest in the QX100 since it’s $250 less than the RX100 MII.

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    Count me in. Yayayaya

  • So it will be branded Cyber-shot and not Smart-shot as rumored.

  • Visual360

    Perfect for Honami…

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      Not really. This is more for phones with less than capable cameras.

    • Jay

      Eh?? Why would you need a lens with similar capabilities as the one touted to be in Honami?? Silly…

  • bluemon

    I hate the guy in the video. Makes me cringe. Who takes pictures of random puddles of water?

    • About two minutes on instagram will answer that question.

    • Jonathan Bunch

      oh i get it, you have never heard of a hipster have you. welcome to the internet.

    • Edward Smith

      Girl in first picture looks like she’s about to say “you promise not to put this on the Internet?”