After many leaks, Sony has confirmed the existence of its two “lens-style” cameras. The Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 and the DSC-QX10 are everything we expected them to be. Both cameras will be available later this month for $500 and $250. The QX10 is geared more towards the casual photographer with a desire to take higher quality photos, while the QX100 is designed for more experienced photographers.
The QX100 has the same sensor and lens that’s found in the $750 Sony RX100 Mark II. Along with the better quality optics and a 3.6x optical zoom, you’ll also get access to an aperture priority mode that’s not present in the QX10. Both cameras support Program Auto, Intelligent Auto and Superior Auto modes.
The QX10 has an 18-megapixel sensor and a 10x optical zoom lens. It also has built-in image stabilization which will help combat blurry shots that are the result of camera shake.
So far, everything I just listed was already leaked. The one thing that wasn’t so spot on is the way the cameras physically attach to smartphones. Instead of using magnets, both cameras come with extendable clips that simply wrap around the top and bottom of a phone. The cameras will still connect to a smartphone through Wi-Fi or NFC with the Sony PlayMemories Mobile app.
For what these cameras are, they’re priced reasonably well. Is it enough to attract the average consumer? We’ll have to wait and see.
Source [Sony Blog]