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Sony QX100 and QX10 Lens Cameras hands-on | Engadget

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Sony DSC-QX100 and QX10 lens cameras bring top-notch optics to any smartphone or tablet, we go hands-on. The rumors, we're thrilled to see, are true. Sony's unique lens cameras are now official, and they're coming to a smartphone or tablet near you beginning later this month. As expected, there are two models on offer. Both cameras lack the display and controls of an ordinary point-and-shoot -- instead, you'll pair your Android or iOS handset or slate with the camera via WiFi, and use that device to adjust settings and frame each shot. Read on at Engadget: http://goo.gl/J7U6EC Subscribe to Engadget today: http://bit.ly/YA7pDT Engadget provides the web's best consumer electronics & gadgets coverage. Launched in 2004 by former Gizmodo editor and co-founder Peter Rojas, Engadget now covers the latest mobile devices, computers, TVs, laptops, personal electronics, hardware, tablets, and cameras. Engadget's video property is a part of the AOL On Network. Get More Engadget: Read: http://engt.co/YZHYeP Like: http://on.fb.me/YZI4mL Follow: http://bit.ly/YFfj0
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chieann0513 (4 months ago)
Which is better the qx10 or qx100
RAFIKI (1 year ago)
Sucks theres no video function yet.
SamElla Sutton (1 year ago)
Can you record videos with this lens?
ULTIMATEMANNY (1 year ago)
I would like to get one
Jose Alanis (2 years ago)
Wow. Zac is in the shot 😒
shareef valamkulam (2 years ago)
Lone Puma (2 years ago)
*Sorry, but they are already camera's that record HD videos and installs them to the phone and smaller. :\*
Kai Five (2 years ago)
Can I use the Sony camera to connect to Snapchat or periscope instead of the iPhone camera ???
Mckenzie Paige (2 years ago)
He's with Sony digital imaging... but he owns an iPhone... nuff said that's hilarious
Lazy Bunny (3 years ago)
Not everyone is a iPhone fan or wants a iPhone. It's nice to have the options to enhance pictures to ANY phone.
Nice camera, and very cool... BUT WHY would I use this over the camera that comes with the iPhone? DId I miss that?
Albert Krupp (2 years ago)
Optical vs digital zoom, brighter (much), Zeiss glass, RAW file support (versions after December 2013), shutter priority on the 100 model, real bokah possibilities, etc. The iPhone has a good camera for a phone, but it's still a phone camera. Basically, you can't fool physics, at least not yet.
JAG562 (3 years ago)
You think they would put a link in the description.
Waitech (3 years ago)
can this take 4k videos?
kyaw chi (3 years ago)
Can u take video?
David Misner (3 years ago)
+kyaw chi That was what I was wondering too
Does this Camera work with a iPhone 6s and Record with the Camera?
Brian L Liss (3 years ago)
What about the LG V10 and do they make lens kits that capture 4K video
Brian L Liss (3 years ago)
will this work with apple iphone 6s plus
+Oscar Zienkiewicz Can you Record a Video on it with my iPhone 6s
Oscar Zienkiewicz (3 years ago)
Yeah, just runs over a wifi connection, works great on my iPhone
momoo ali (3 years ago)
Ashutosh Soni (3 years ago)
if we attach this lens then does the pixels blur while zooming
Beau Warrington (2 years ago)
Of course
ZASmith Gaming (3 years ago)
my name is zack.... I was actually confused for a split second when he said that
Michael OCallaghan (3 years ago)
Advertising an IPhone whilst demonstrating a Sony product.Who comes up with these crazy ideas?
Kenny Laureano (3 years ago)
Can you use it for snapchat ? lmao
charlesbowtle (3 years ago)
why the hell is he using an iPhone to test a Sony product..
Lazy Bunny (3 years ago)
+charlesbowtle15  Apple uses Sony lens on their phones.
charlesbowtle (3 years ago)
+Nicolas Morales cry me a river sugartits
Nicolas Morales (3 years ago)
+charlesbowtle15 ???
charlesbowtle (3 years ago)
+Nicolas Morales welcome to the new world order baby
Nicolas Morales (3 years ago)
yo say that it work with apple and sony
LoWangSmg (3 years ago)
for $250 just buy a point to shoot pocked digital camera
Vasilis Panagopoulos (4 years ago)
Does thes device take better photos than samsung galaxy Note 3?
Who the fuck takes pictures??!! Does it video??
Ikr does it Take Videos that's what we all care for
Tom Smith (4 years ago)
Can't figure out if the bracket fits the iPhone 6 Plus?
Andrew Petherick (3 years ago)
Yes it fits,used one today in the shop.its as far as the arm goes up and it just fits,,, very snug though
Dudeius Mannigast (4 years ago)
i believe it does, the "arms" can extend to just over 3" if i remember correct.
Yung dycharoeun (4 years ago)
Will this work for HTC one
Dudeius Mannigast (4 years ago)
yes, you can also fast connect it (and auto launch the app, power up the camera and so on using the NFC function on the HTC one and QX camera) i believe the NFC sensor on the HTC One is located somewhere on the back close to the its camera lens, just hold it to the QX cameras NFC symbole near the powerbutton on the top and everything should auto start fast, as long as you have installed the latest version of the PlayMemories mobile app and has the latest version of the QX cameras firmware installed.
Tom Smith (4 years ago)
From what I hear, yes. you just need to download the Play Memories App from Google Play
Mr. Nakal (4 years ago)
I have GX ten it's working great but i need GX.5OO
JJ Buenavista (4 years ago)
It says in the video that it only works with wifi if i'm not mistaken. So how can u use it when u'r out on the street and doesn't have any wifi connection?
brallan perez (4 years ago)
The lens provides its own wifi
JayTheMaverick (4 years ago)
need one for videos 
hosam04 (4 years ago)
Who seriously uses "0000" as their passcode? Lol. Come on now...
CK Lim (4 years ago)
+hosam04 Sony. Or else customer support will be bombed with phone call asking for password.
The Kaveman (4 years ago)
The really weird thing is I cant find many people showing the actual zoomed pictures . Great idea but not sure about the actual performance
Andy Scott (4 years ago)
How many meetings did it take to come up with a name as terrible as Play Memories Mobile App?
Lance Lindle Lee (4 years ago)
:))))))))))) Using an iPhone instead of their own phone
kheen verra (4 years ago)
What is the brand of 2nd model.?
Josephine LLY (4 years ago)
both are from Sony.
David Herzog (4 years ago)
Does this also work on an pod touch?
Nitzan Alon (4 years ago)
there's a new app now called "GoCamera" and there's no option for shooting videos. is it still possible to shoot videos somehow? 
prab dhaliwal (4 years ago)
I've tried it and returned it. There's a terrible lag between the phone/camera live view and it keeps getting disconnected and the app is poorly built. By itself as a device, it's very good.
FilmProductionWrkShp (4 years ago)
can this lens do reality show style sharp video zoom? 
Toast Bud (4 years ago)
Will it work for iPods 16 gb it has no back camera
Kostas Kayioulis (4 years ago)
MICHOACANO PEREZ (4 years ago)
es resistente al agua
womad (4 years ago)
The moment he reached out for that apple. Urgh. Pairing a Sony with an Iphone? What a disgrace to Sony Xperia.
womad (4 years ago)
The moment he reached out for that apple. Urgh. Pairing a Sony with an Iphone? What a disgrace to Sony Xperia.
jhonn ordoñez (5 years ago)
Es un invento estúpido; debería mejorar la lente de tu SMART Phone lo único que hace es agregar una cámara digital a tu teléfono con aplicación para ver las fotos y capturarlos en tiempo real que estupides
cedarshoresllc (5 years ago)
thanks so much, great job!! 
cedarshoresllc (5 years ago)
cool, i'd love one. So you "DON'T" need to use your in home or business wifi, you just turn on your wifi & keep your Cellular data on while using it? I'm not sure i understand it?? What i'm really asking is can I use it anywhere, Outdoor to? 
Choon Wah Yee (5 years ago)
Hi.lens built by sony.for spy only.007 ...
drew2pac (5 years ago)
Okay I am not a very techy person.  The wifi.  Do you need a wifi internet connection (like a router), or does it mean local wifi on the phone.  Basically, if i am in the middle of nowhere - would it still work?  
drew2pac (5 years ago)
+Matheus Silva Awesome!  Thank you Matheus.  I will get this ordered :) 
Matheus Silva (5 years ago)
No the wifi connects directly btw the phone and the camera. I saw my friend using it.
CJahn2000 (5 years ago)
0000 are you fucking kidding me
20knighty (5 years ago)
you can use this like a hidden camera....haha
Aliadon Music (5 years ago)
It needs to connect with Bluetooth
globrain (5 years ago)
I wanted to watch the whole review, but I couldn't listen to you breathing anymore. Jeez, go see an ENT will you? 
Angelina Bordeos (5 years ago)
It will also connect if your smartphone has a NFC enabled. Well iphone does not have NFC.
Zaberca David (5 years ago)
Wow, so stupid, much uselessness.
M P (5 years ago)
And where is the flash? Don't tell me your typical phone flash is enough
M P (5 years ago)
Looks like this product would be a pain to use. Traditional cameras are still the best and with the most camera companies or divisions struggling right now it should be the best time to get a great deal on really good camera.
Aldo Escudero (5 years ago)
why an iphone? Anyone has tried it with an Xperia or any Sony?
MyloRen (5 years ago)
Irishlad147 (5 years ago)
What about the video capture? Why do you ignore that?? Is there something to hide or what! Why did you not touch upon the lack of support for the video recording feature or lack of? Picture picture picture. Never once did you say the word video. Unbelievable
Aslan.serhat Okcu (5 years ago)
Dexter Brown (5 years ago)
ur password is 0000 i did not see that coming.
Claudia Cruz (5 years ago)
Nice :')
Rahul K (5 years ago)
i am Lg g pro lite dual will sony qx 10 or 100 lens  work with my lg ????
Rich Uhuy (5 years ago)
+rahul kumar NFC just make it easier to connect automaticaly. Connect it manualy with your wifi.
Rahul K (5 years ago)
+Brylle pagaduan  all tried with nfc phone of sony or iphone ,no one tested with non-nfc phones like lg g pro lite or xperia c ?
Brylle pagaduan (5 years ago)
it says any smart phone 
Charles Sanson (5 years ago)
Nothing about the sound quality is on the lens or phone?
manolis1080 (5 years ago)
If the qx100 was cheaper it would be much more nice
manolis1080 (5 years ago)
manolis1080 (5 years ago)
kendra mitchell (5 years ago)
Pretty cool
moe161 (5 years ago)
does the Sony QX100 come in white
Owen Chua (5 years ago)
These camera are what i have been looking for
ButtonHook Films (5 years ago)
0000 isn't a very good password. You might want to change that.
NJA2k8 (5 years ago)
Instead of buying this, get a better camera with the same money. People only want to buy this so they can post/share photos from a good camera right after they take them. It's still possible to move photos from a nicer camera (DSLR) to the phone. Maybe just not as quickly.
Luis Calero (5 years ago)
Dude really! A sony device with a piece of crab
Luis Calero (4 years ago)
lol dude im talking about the apple piece of crab not the sony lens, of course the lens... uff its the bomb
ganesh balakrishnan (4 years ago)
How the hell do you know its a crap? have you even tried it? the image quality coming out of that thing is extremely awesome
خالد خالد (5 years ago)
كم سعرها
MrGramz09 (5 years ago)
my instagram will be 100x's better now. thanks sony!
Majid Abder Rahman (5 years ago)
Seems very interesting... I'll keep it in my mind for my next trips :)
sridharangn (5 years ago)
Sherlock holmes is gonna love this :P
FREAK OUT (5 years ago)
I will buy it nice nice!! man!
Eduardo Ohid (5 years ago)
awesome !
Andy Cable (5 years ago)
Camera suffers from CMOS problems with colored vertical lines in many photos.  DO NOT BUY A SONY camera- They sold me a Protection Plus Warranty for this camera then when problem occurred and was sent to repair station they wanted to bill me $161.  They refused to honor the Warranty because I could no longer supply original sakes receipt even though they had sold a Extended Warranty for if showing the Serial Number.  They offered to refund the Warranty cost of $25 rather than perform their contractual obligation to fix it.  Poor design and worse Customer Service . Will NEVER purchase another Sony product! 
ddos attack (5 years ago)
Зарядку будет жрать несусветно
Bor Jun Han James (5 years ago)
Does it suitable for Z Ultra?
Bor Jun Han James (5 years ago)
+Rich Uhuy thx
Rich Uhuy (5 years ago)
It doesnt suitable if you attach it on z ultra, but you still can use it separately..
Brandon Sagucio (5 years ago)
So will it not connect without wifi?
aChosen Won (5 years ago)
YES!! I can't wait to get this! My Instagram selfies are going to be on another level!!!
deandre greenidge (5 years ago)
spy cam
Danyal Ashley (5 years ago)
Hey. Can qx100 mount on lg g2?
Shanthakumar (5 years ago)
smell of modularity #phonebloks ;-)
Kawaii Gacha (5 years ago)
Can you do video also?
Taufik Akbar (5 years ago)
i think it's like ad hoc between your phone and the camera
Bin Zhao (5 years ago)
Real Tuff (5 years ago)
Can this Camera do Geo Tagging via the phone???
The Dead Immortal (5 years ago)
Yup. That's what for me is INCREDIBLE :D. What they did is awesome. Phone cameras being compact don't equal the quality of that of a pro camera's lenses? Well fuck it, let's create a lens to attach a phone! No need to worry if your phone's camera is 5MP or 8MP now, till you have this :D
The Dead Immortal (5 years ago)
That would be a terrible price. But the QX10 seems reasonable :). Everything's great with this lens, and to be frank, I didn't even know things like this existed. As a guy who likes taking photos, this is an incredible tool! But the price is the only downfall. But as I said stated before, the QX10 may be between $100-$200, which is WAY better :D
sicdedworm09 (5 years ago)
Really want to get this. Would make holding a new phone way easier for me since the camera is a big selling point for me. Now I wouldn't have to worry how crappy the stock camera is as long as I have this
Jógvan Olsen (5 years ago)
you need to have wifi enabled, the lens creates a wifi spot itself, so you can also use it outside where no internet connection is.
Devin Larue (5 years ago)
loriandmonsterxoxo (5 years ago)
the app keeps freezing on ios7 hope they release an update soon..
Adam Truong (5 years ago)
Not to end up in an argument ,but do you actually really think that everyone that makes something cool -> makes it on a Mac ?

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