News: Sony and its Cyber-shot™ DSC-QX10 & DSC-QX100

Earlier this month, Sony announced a couple of interesting consumer products / gadgets, that got quite a handful of techies going “OMG / Shut up and take my money!”.

And they are….
Cyber-shot™ DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 🙂

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The Cyber-shot™ DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 introduce a brand new concept in digital imaging.

Turning your smartphone into a power-packed specialist camera they are the perfect partner for smartphones including the new Xperia™ Z1.

It’s a dream come true for anyone who loves their smartphone, but wants the photo quality that only a dedicated camera can deliver (hmm, me). And whilst they look like lenses, the DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 are complete cameras in their own right.

Compatible with any iOS and Android smartphones, connection to your phone is made via Wi-Fi and the latest version of Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile application. Linkage is even simpler for NFC smartphone owners, with easy one-touch connection made without any complicated settings.

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Specifications as followed:

Model DSC-QX100 DSC-QX10
Image Sensor 1.0 type (13.2 x 8.8mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor 1/2.3 type (7.76mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor
Effective resolution Approx.20.2 megapixels Approx.18.2 megapixels
Image processor BIONZ BIONZ
Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*, with 7 elements in 6 groups (4 aspheric elements including AA lens) Sony G Lens, with 7 groups (including 4 aspheric elements)
Maximum aperture F1.8(Wide angle)- F4.9 (Tele) F3.3(Wide angle)- F5.9 (Tele)
Focal length (35mm equivalent)(still image 4:3) f=28-100mm f=25-250mm
Optical zoom 3.6x 10x
ISO Sensitivity (Still Image) ISO160-6400 (iAuto), ISO160-25600 (Superior Auto), ISO160-3200 (Program Auto), ISO160-3200 (Aperture Priority) ISO100-3200 (iAuto), ISO100-12800 (Superior Auto), ISO100-1600 (Program Auto)
Movie record MP4: 12MP (1440×1080/30fps) MP4: 12MP (1440×1080/30fps)
Image stabilisation Optical SteadyShot™ (with Active Mode for movies) Optical SteadyShot™ (with Active Mode for movies)
Focus type Contrast detection AF Contrast detection AF
Focus Modes Single-shot AF; Manual Focus; Touch AF Single-shot AF; Touch AF
Shooting modes Superior Auto, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Movie Mode Superior Auto, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Movie Mode
Wireless networking Wi-Fi: Send to smartphone / control with smartphoneNFC: One-touch remote Wi-Fi: Send to smartphone / control with smartphoneNFC: One-touch remote
Dimensions (WxHxD) Approx. 62.5 x 62.5 x 55.5 mm Approx. 62.4 x 61.8 x 33.3 mm
Media card compatibility Memory Stick Micro™ / Memory Stick Micro™ Mark 2 and Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher) Memory Stick Micro™ / Memory Stick Micro™ Mark 2 and Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
Weight (main unit only) Approx. 165 g Approx. 90 g
Weight (with supplied battery and Memory Stick Micro) Approx. 179 g Approx. 105 g
Supplied accessories Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BN; micro USB cable; Smartphone Attachment; Wrist Strap; Operating Guide Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BN; micro USB cable; Smartphone Attachment; Wrist Strap; Operating Guide

And the video that got many, including me, going – “OMG / Shut up and take my money!”:

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Both lenses are not available yet, in Singapore.
My guess would be late Nov to early Dec, in time for the Christmas.

Based on my rough conversion of the Sony US pricing, my guess on pricing would probably be around S$400 to S$750.
I’ll update again when more details are available.

Pardon my late sharing, just too much to tech this month.

Heh. Can’t wait for it to be here to try 🙂