The fight to get a decent camera inside a smartphone has been a long and arduous battle. There are a few devices on the market that give you a really good camera experience, such as the Nokia Lumia 1020 with 42 megapixels, but even that has no digital zoom and erm, well, just looks weird.
There are a couple of manufacturers on the market that are trying to change the norm by splicing the best of the two devices together, a camera/phone hybrid, I know nearly all smartphones have a camera, but let’s face it, apart from the elite, they are not very good. Samsung are trying with their Galaxy S4 Zoom and Galaxy Camera. However, some manufacturers seem to be taking a different slant on the subject. Sony has made recent waves regarding their camera attachments that we have heard about for the last couple weeks.
We now know the 2 cameras will be branded Smartshot. (which is a combination of smartphone and Cybershot branding.) The cameras will be called QX10 and QX100. The QX10 has the sensor and lens from the Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 and the QX100 is based on the DSC-RX100m II Cyber-Shot. While the QX10 will cost $250 and the QX100 $400, which is a little on the high side ,their full sized counterparts retail for $400 and $750 respectively online. The QX10 has a 1/2,3 inch 18 megapixel CMOS sensor and f/3,3-5.9 lens which is capable of shooting 1080p video at 30 frames per second. The QX100 has the best lens with its 1-Inch 20.2 MP Exmor R sensor. The QX100 is also capable of 1080p, only it can shoot at a smoother 60 frames per second. Both lenses feature optical image stabilization, which is great for camera novices and jittery people, who are incapable of taking a non-blurry picture. The cameras both have Optical zoom, the QX10 beats the QX100 with a 10x zoom compared to the 3.6x on the Qx100. The lens will probably initially pair with your phone via NFC, then switch over to WiFi for quicker data transfers, but this is yet unclear. The app used for pairing the cameras, PlayMemories, does not have great reviews on Android or IOS though. But, these cameras should offer a great mix between your perfect smartphone and a fantastic camera without having to carry around a DSLR. As I said, they are a bit expensive, but as is always the case, if you pay a little more, you get a quality product.
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