Best Smartphone Cameras: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100

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Sony-DSC-QX100-reviewThis unique, smartphone-attachable, lens-style point & shoot is the first in Sony’s new Cyber-shot QX camera series. In fact, it’s the world’s first pro-grade lens and sensor combo that clips to a smartphone, so you can shoot breathtaking, DSLR-quality photos on your phone and instantly share them online.

The DSC-QX100 easily connects to your iOS or Android smartphone without wires, cables or cords, thanks to its one-touch NFC (Near Field Communication) feature, and with built-in wireless streaming via Wi-Fi, sharing your shots and videos to Facebook and Instagram is a snap. Your images are also conveniently saved to both the QX100 and the smartphone’s memory automatically.

With the camera’s Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 3.6x zoom lens with a large f/1.8 aperture, you can capture the subtle atmosphere of every scene and achieve beautiful background and foreground defocusing. And its Optical SteadyShot image stabilization and advanced Exmor R CMOS image sensor will help you take beautiful, high-quality 20-megapixel photos and Full HD 1080p videos right from your smartphone—even in low light.

Your photos are instantly ready to edit, organize, and share with friends and family directly from your phone with all your favorite editing and sharing apps. You can also opt to turn your smartphone’s screen into a versatile viewfinder when you link it to the DSC-QX100. All of the camera’s functions are available to tweak and edit.

Want to get creative perspectives or shoot over a crowd, no problem. Just uncouple the DSC-QX100 from your phone and shoot wherever your arm can reach—and still see how your shot will turn out from the NFC connection with your phone. Plus, you can use the universal tripod screw to mount the camera to any number of mounts to experience freestyle shooting.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100, which also functions as an independent camera using its own shutter release, memory card slot, and rechargeable battery, retails for $499.99.

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