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Sony’s new Cyber-shot DSC-QX10, DSC-QX100

Sony’s new Cyber-shot DSC-QX10, DSC-QX100
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Sony has launched two new Cyber-shot models–the QX10 and QX100 cameras–hidden within their own lens.

This is a confusing world. On one hand, smartphones and tablets are getting bigger, as if our hands grow with them. On the other, everything else is becoming more compact, portable, and easy to store. Obviously, Sony’s new cameras run with the latter pack, but they also make life more complex by begging an existential question, “When does a lens become a camera?”

They are cameras, and you can use them as such without attaching them to any device. Each model has its own sensor, shutter release button, memory card slot for saving photos, and rechargeable battery. Those make these lens-style cameras really, really cameras.

Now that’s been cleared crystal, let’s move on to other camera matters, okay?

The QX100 and QX10 can be physically attached to your smartphone and connect with it via Wi-Fi using Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile app available on iOS and Android. This transforms your screen into a viewfinder, and your device into a 20.2MP 1-inch Exmor RCMOS sensor and Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens-toting imaging machine. That is, if you have the QX100, which is equipped with the same sensor as the RX100 II camera. If you’re using the QX-10, you get 18.2MP Exmor RCMOS sensor, Sony G lens, and 10x optical zoom. Not bad, especially since your smartphone or tablet probably doesn’t have that.

The QX100 will set you back $500, while the QX10 $250. Wait until later this month for these to hit Sony retailers and authorized dealers.

Words Aritha Zel Zalamea

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