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Sony just got finished announcing its interesting and slightly goofy QX lenses, detachable camera modules that use your Android smartphone as a frame/control center/viewfinder, at IFA. But Amazon beat them to the punch: even before the announcement, Sony Alpha Rumors spotted the QX100 and cheaper QX10 on the ubiquitous retailer. They're available for pre-order now and set to ship on September 27th.


The DSC-QX100 is the hero device of this new category, with a 1-inch, 20.2MP sensor, F/1.8 lens, a 3.6x optical zoom, and a manual focus and zoom ring. It's going for $500 (or $498, with a $1.99 savings on Amazon plus Prime shipping). The DSC-QX10 is more budget-friendly at $250, but downgrades to an 18.2MP sensor and a much slower F/3.3 lens. The cheaper lens makes up for it with a 10x optical zoom. It's going for $248 on Amazon in both black and white colors.

The QX lenses will work with any Android device running 3.1 or later, but a few hardware drawbacks will keep them out of the pockets of serious shutterbugs. There's no way to manually assign important settings like ISO or shutter speed, and the battery life seems to be predictably low. Check out David's rundown in the announcement post for full details. Even so, it's an interesting concept, and we look forward to checking these gadgets out in more detail later.

Source: Amazon (2, 3) via Sony Alpha Rumors

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • valapsp

    Why do i want this thing with an Xperia Z1 and only that?

  • Shitiz Garg


    • http://www.facebook.com/morrissex Javier Cárdenas

      Thank you fella, I'm already introducing my credit card's passwords.

  • Milton P.

    I know it is expensive but for some stupid reason I want it so bad... I've forced my self to stay away from Amazon....

  • Ricardo Neves

    Guys, i never bought a dedicated camera before. How is the QX10 compared to cameras of the same price? I know the QX100 is suposed to be very good but i don't have the budget for that. The QX10 is on sale on amazon.co.uk for aprox. 215€

    • Pierre Gardin

      I'd ask first "do I need a zoom?".

      Then "do I live in a sunny country?". Cause F/3.3 ain't good.

  • Banana Mana

    This is definitely not worth it, better to buy a real camera for that price.

  • Mike C.

    I was planning to get it but but without raw support this just doesn't make sense. Yes the QX100 has a really nice lens and sensor, but without raw I'd rather get the RX100M2 ... ahh ... will just wait for Canon or Nikon to get it right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708741524 Robb Nunya

    Whoa! $500? I can buy a DSLR for less. And I guarantee I'll get better pics. Yeah yeah, I know... this is small and connected... Whoopity. I have an Eye-Fi card that takes care of the former, and couldn't care less about the latter.