Sony’s QX lens-cameras definitely stole the spotlight at the IFA; Sony even said this is the most pre-ordered camera in their history. But theory aside, we opted for practice and took a walk in Berlin with a Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 to see if the hype for the new QX cameras is justified.
With the permission of these clever watches promise allegedly invading the market and our wrists, objectives QX-camera Sony have been the star of this year’s IFA. A feeling that confirm their own signature data, to be-say-camera that stocks have performed over its history. The fact is that, beyond theory, we decided to go for a walk around Berlin with Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 to see if in practice the new QX fall short of the expectations they have generated.
To be frank, we wanted to get away from the IFA for a while with an QX100 to see what it is truly capable of. It was more curiosity than anything, since this camera is pretty much identical to the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II, so we already know what it’s capable of in this regard.
However, in the end we had to test the Cyber-shot DSC-QX10, along with the brand-new Xperia Z1. These two came with us to the streets of the German city, not without grabbing the attention of many bystanders.
Theory and practice
The QX clearly are an excellent idea from Sony. Leaving its commercial success aside –which we’re sure it’ll be big-, models that take risks and offer something different are always interesting.
So, this model is great in theory, but in practice, this may change. The device is certainly great and offers a very good performance, but there are some details that might be an issue to some users.
The picture quality is just like we expected, with good luminosity and a powerful zoom. The 10x lens and 25-millimeter angle of view are nice features, but you have to be careful with the stabilization especially if find yourself moving too much while using the device.
The trademark Sony JPEG compression is here, which gives the picture a digital look, similar to the results we get with a mobile device.
The QX uses the same sensor as the Xperia Z1, so don’t expect miracles in regards to noise or dynamic range. Like we said, the biggest-resolution pictures are stored in the lens and then transferred to the phone with a 2-megapixel resolution, although this can be configured.
Linking the device to your phone or tablet is a very simple process, even more so if your mobile device supports NFC connectivity: just a single touch gets the job done. In theory, at least, since the process failed with the Xperia we had and manually with an iPhone 5.
There may be some trick to it or perhaps it was because these are just test models for the press at IFA, but this is certainly worrying. If the connection between your mobile device and the camera is lost, you have to spend a few moments reconnecting it, which does require a bit of patience.
The viewfinder and shutter are excellent, but don’t expect sophisticated burst modes, since this isn’t what the device is about, and it’s better to use the manual modes anyway if this is what you’re trying to do with the device.
Is it better to carry it in your hand or attach it to your device? We prefer the former, although having one device in a hand and the one in the other feels quite weird at first which can produce unfocused pictures frequently. We hope Sony does something about this, since it shouldn’t be too hard to add it through the Sony PlayMemories Mobile app.
Now that we could test it, all that’s left is waiting for the QX100 and hope its issues are addressed, because this device has the potential to be a truly solid one.