Sony unveils QX10 and QX100 smartphone lens camera duo

Sony has unveiled the Cybershot DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 smartphone lens camera accessories.
Offering to improve the photographic capabilities of selected phones, these lens cameras have 20.2-megapixel and 18.2-megapixel sensors.
Compatible smartphones have to be between 54 – 75mm wide, with a maximum thickness of 13mm, so fans of these devices had better get measuring.
Obviously intended to be the perfect accessory for the Sony Xperia Z or even the Sony Xperia Z1 (despite its superior megapixel offering), the QX10 and QX100 both come with NFC connectivity as well.
Neither needs to be attached to a smartphone to function, as they are capable of working as a remote camera, which Sony suggests is useful for high-angles or self portraits.
Both the QX10 and QX100 can be purchased with a soft carrying case or dedicated camera attachment case .
They can be pre-ordered from the Sony UK website now, with availability from the end of September for an unknown price.
Users will receive a Memory Stick Micro with both models, so they can get snapping straight away.
Sony Cybershot DSC-QX100 Features

The more powerful of the two lens cameras, the Sony DSC-QX100 has a 20.2-megapixel 1″ 13.2 x 8.8mm Exmor R CMOS sensor, 3.6x optical zoom with Optical SteadyShot and comes with the Sony BIONZ image processing engine.
It has a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens with 7 elements in 6 groups and is capable of F1.8 wide angle to F4.9 tele.
The ISO range runs from 160-6400 for iAuto mode, but can run to 25600 on the Superior Auto setting.
It can also record video at Full 1440 x 1080p HD at a speed of 30fps.

Also the beefier of the two, the QX100 weighs 179g with battery and has dimensions of 62.5 x 62.5 x 55.5mm.
Sony Cybershot DSC-QX10 Features

Slightly smaller and lighter, the Sony DSC-QX10 weighs 105g with battery and measures up at 62.4 x 61.8 x 33.3mm.
It has a 18.2-megapixel 1/2.3″ (7.76mm) Exmore R CMOS sensor and a Sony G Lens with 7 groups. Offering a F3.3 wide and F5.9 tele aperture, the ISO ranges from 100 – 3200 but can reach 12800 when using Superior Auto.
It has the same Full HD video recording capabilities as the QX100 and has a 10x optical zoom range with Optical SteadyShot.
Like the QX100, it also features the Sony BIONZ image processing engine.

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