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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 and QX100 are more than just mobile-phone ‘accessories’. The QX10 will appeal to many consumers as a replacement for a compact camera. Being small and light, it is the perfect accompaniment to a smartphone.

Although the QX100 is the superior camera, it is caught in a strange place in the market. Without the ability to change sensitivity or shoot raw images, it lacks two significant features that enthusiast photographers require. Furthermore, neither camera carries a flash, and I would like to see more image and shooting settings. With those features we would end up with the RX100 II – which costs some £250 more.

What you get with the QX100 is a device that offers flexibility and connectivity. It is a fantastic replacement compact camera, but as an alternative to something more advanced, such as the RX100 II, it is restricted – particularly with regard to shooting raw files.

In terms of image quality the QX100 is great, producing the sorts of images we’d expect from the combination of lens and sensor. Also, having a zoom lens and f/1.8 aperture available when shooting on a mobile phone is a significant improvement on the standard smartphone cameras.

It will be interesting to see where the products go from here. All the issues I have raised are software-based, and most could be dealt with via an update to the app. It is also possible that third-party developers may create their own ways to use the QX camera range, as Sony has allowed developers to work with its Application Program Interface (API).

What is clear is that how we use and interact with cameras is changing. The question now is how such products, and photography, will evolve from here.

Specifications: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100

RRP: £399
Sensor: 20.9-million-pixel, 1in Exmor R CMOS sensor
Lens: Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 28-100mm f/1.8-4.9 (35mm equivalent)
Lens elements: 7 elements in 6 groups
Image size: 5472 x 3648 pixels
ISO sensitivity: 160-6400
Metering: Multi pattern with ±3EV exposure compensation
Focusing: Single-shot AF, manual focus, touch AF, face detection
Images: JPEG (full resolution and 2-million-pixel preview)
Battery: NP-BN Li-Ion
Memory card: Micro SD
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, NFC and Micro USB
Size: 62.5 x 62.5 x 52.2mm
Weight: 179g (including battery and memory card)

Specifications: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10

RRP: £179
Sensor: 18.9-million pixel, 1/2.3in Exmor R CMOS sensor
Lens: 27.5-275mm f/3.3-5.9 (35mm equivalent)
Lens elements: 9 elements in 7 Groups
Image size: 4896 x 3672 pixels
ISO Sensitivity: 100-3200
Metering: Multi pattern with ±2EV exposure compensation
Focusing: Multi-point AF, touch AF. manual focus, face detection
Images: JPEG (full resolution and 2-million-pixel preview)
Battery: NP-BN Li-Ion
Memory Card: Micro SD
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, NFC and Micro USB
Size: 62.4 x 61.8 x 30mm
Weight: 105g (including battery and memory card)

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Cameras in use
  4. 4. Image quality
  5. 5. Editing images
  6. 6. Our verdict
  7. 7. Hands-on review
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