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SONY CYBER-SHOT QX

- by Edward Choi

Sony Cyber-shot QX

Sony Cyber-shot QX

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Sony entered the world into a new era of high quality portable digital photography with the launch of the QX series.

The new Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 cameras are shaped like director's viewfinders, and can be paired up with NFC or WiFi devices. The most immediate application would be mounting the camera unit onto a Sony mobile phone.

The idea behind creating a fully functioning camera without the bulky body unit is brilliant. In this day and age, when most people carry a smart phone, the need to carry another computing unit is redundant. Whether a QX unit is mounted or not, it is an independent camera by itself, and it is not a lightweight camera either. The QX100, for example, uses the same lens and sensor as the Cyber-shot RX100 II, which retails for $750.

The QX100 camera's 1.0 inch, 20.2 MP Exmor RCMOS sensor is paired with a wide-aperture Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens with 3.6x optical zoom and a BIONZ image processor. The QX100 would be able to produce pictures with quality similar to the photos by a DSLR. The QX100 retails for $500.

The QX10 has an 18.2 effective megapixel Exmor RCMOS sensor and 10x optical zoom Sony G Lens. The QX10 is a smaller, more portable and more affordable model, and its retail price is $250.

The obvious missing part on these cameras is a small LCD screen at the back end, which will enable users to use them as true director's viewfinder type of camera. The next generation, or other manufacturers' copies, should have the LCD screen, and it will eliminate the necessity to pair these outstanding cameras with a mobile phone.

Bravo to Sony for these awesomely innovative products.

DSC-QX100
Imaging Sensor
Imaging Sensor : 1.0" Exmor R CMOS sensor
Processor : BIONZ image processor
Pixel Gross : 20.9M pixels (approx.)
Color Filter System : RGB primary color mosaic filters

Focus Control
Focus System : Contrast-detect AF
AF Modes : Single-shot AF / Manual Focus / Touch AF

Power
Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM NP-BN (3.6V)
Number of Still Images : Approx. 200 images
Power Consumption (in Operation) : Approx. 1.2W

Exposure System
Metering Modes : Multi Pattern
Exposure Compensation : +/- 3.0 EV, 1/3 EV step
ISO : [Still Image] Auto (ISO 160 - 12800, selectable with upper / lower limit), 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 (Extendable to ISO 100 / 125), Multi-Frame NR: Auto (ISO 160 - 25600), 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / 25600*2
ISO Sensitivity (Movie) : [Movie] Auto (ISO 160 - 3200)

Optics/Lens
Lens Type : Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T
Aperture (Max.) : F1.8 (W), F4.9 (T)
Optical Zoom : 3.6x (Optical Zoom during movie recording)
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : [Still Image 3:2] f = 28-100mm [Still Image 16:9] f = 29-105mm [Still Image 4:3] f= 30-108mm [Still Image 1:1] f = 36-127mm [Movie 16:9] f = 29-105mm (SteadyShot Standard), f = 33-120mm (SteadyShot Active Mode) [Movie 4:3] f = 36-128mm (SteadyShot Standard), f = 41-146mm (SteadyShot Active Mode)
Lens Construction : 7 elements in 6 groups (4 aspheric elements including AA lens)
Aperture Blade : Iris diaphragm (7 blades)
Clear Image Zoom : 3.6x
Steady Shot Mode:Active : [Still image] Optical SteadyShot Image stabiization [Movie] Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode

Drive System
Self-timer : 10 sec. / 2 sec.
Shutter Speeds : iAuto (4 - 1/2000) / Program Auto (1 - 1/2000) / Aperture Priority (8 - 1/2000)

DSC-QX10
Imaging Sensor
Imaging Sensor : 1/2.3" (7.76mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor
Processor : BIONZ image processor
Pixel Gross : 18.9M pixels (approx.)
Color Filter System : RGB primary color mosaic filters

Focus Control
AF Modes : Multi Point AF / Touch AF

Power
Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM NP-BN (3.6V)
Number of Still Images : Approx. 200 images
Power Consumption (in Operation) : Approx. 1.1W

Exposure System
Metering Modes : Multi Pattern
Exposure Compensation : +/- 2.0 EV, 1/3 EV step
Exposure Settings : [Still] Superior Auto, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Movie Mode
ISO : [Still Image] Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400*3 / 12800*3
ISO Sensitivity (Movie) : [Movie] Auto (ISO 100 - 1000 level)

Optics/Lens
Lens Type : Sony G Lens
Aperture (Max.) : F3.3 (W), F5.9 (T)
Optical Zoom : 10x (Optical Zoom during movie recording)
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : [Still Image 16:9] f = 27.5-275mm [Still Image 4:3] f= 25-250mm [Movie 16:9] f = 27.5-275mm (SteadyShot Standard), f = 27.5-385mm (SteadyShot Active Mode) [Movie 4:3] f = 33.5-335mm (SteadyShot Standard), f = 33.5-469mm (SteadyShot Active Mode)
Lens Construction : 9 elements in 7 groups (including 4 aspheric elements)
Clear Image Zoom : 10x
Steady Shot Mode:Active : [Still image] Optical SteadyShot(TM) image stabilization [Movie] Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode

Drive System
Self-timer : 10 sec. / 2 sec.
Shutter Speeds : iAuto (4 - 1/1600) / Program Auto (1 - 1/1600)


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