Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-QX10 18.2 Megapixel Attachable Lens Review – For IPhone or Android Smartphone
Sony has developed a portable 10X camera lens for a Smartphone. This is a nice add-on to your phone to take pictures, but perhaps Sony has come up short when developing this attachable Lens.
We tested the Lens with IPhone 5s and overall it worked great, the attachable lens attaches to the phone without a problem, but here is the problem with it. The connectivity between the phone is with either Wi-Fi or NFC, since IPhone does not support NFC we were limited to using Wi-Fi connection.
You can take great pictures with the Lens but you are limited by the Wi-Fi connection. It is great when you are home but that is the only place that you can really use it.
The lens has no internal memory so evey picture that it takes is trasfered via Wi-Fi to your Phone. Because of that there is some lag time. The worst part is that you can only use it where you are able to connect it to Wi-Fi, this makes this Sony Lens usage very limited.
If you have a phone that supports NFC then you are in better luck but NFC transfer speeds are pretty slow compared to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
For The current Price tag of $199.99 you are better of buying a Point and Shoot camera which will produce better results.
10X Zoom range
Wi-Fi with NFC
Some Image Noise
Lag in communication
Limited usage (restricted to Wifi Range)
If only Sony had added Bluetooth connectivity, this Portable attachable lens could see a lot more attention, but because it has few major limitations we have to say that we will not recommend this product. Perhaps if a V2.0 comes out with Bluetooth capability then it would deserve a second look.
Height 2.5 inches
Width 2.5 inches
Depth 1.3 inches
Weight 3.2 oz. (body only)
Image Resolution Up to 4896 x 3672
Optical Zoom 10x
Digital Zoom None
Lens Features Sony G lens with 9 elements in 7 groups (4 aspheric elements)
Lens Focal Length(s) 4.45-44.5mm (35mm equivalent 25-250mm)
Image Stabilization Yes, optical
Internal Memory None
Interface Micro USB, USB 2.0
File Formats JPEG, MP4
Batteries 1 rechargeable NP-BN
Imaging Sensor Type CMOS
Tripod Mount Yes
HD Movie Mode Yes
WiFi enabled Yes