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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Sony Z1 – Click Easy!

By Robin Sinha
Photography: courtesy www.sony.co.in

DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 camera lenses for smartphones by Sony
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While leading camera manufacturing companies are developing advanced DSLRs, Japanese multinational conglomerate Sony surpasses its competitors, in innovation, with two new camera lenses for its smartphones. IAnD reviews the smart contraption...

The portable lenses, tipped as DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10, can take snapshots even when not connected to smartphones. With powerful 18.9 and 20.9 megapixels, respectively, the lenses are installed with CMOS sensors — the same that are used in DSLR cameras and have the ability to shoot videos.

The lenses attach to the rear of a smartphone and the smartphone users can then use the handheld device to shoot objects that were otherwise beyond the capacity of a normal camera-phone.

DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 camera lenses for smartphones by Sony
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"The new lens shares a powerful new BIONZ X processor that reproduces details in textures via extra high-speed processing capabilities, and allows for exceptional low noise performance in all lighting conditions," says Kuntak Mukherjee, renowned wedding and event photographer.  “It is an easy-click tool and can capture images that are location-limited with the normal DSLR,” expresses another.

DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 camera lenses for smartphones by Sony
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Though the gorgeous black polish-coated sleek cylindrical shaped smartphone camera lenses, that weigh only about 100g (QX10) and 180g (QX100), have all that a user could wish for, they also come with a disadvantage.

The lenses are linked to the phone via Bluetooth wireless, network which takes around 5-6 seconds for the clicked image to preview on the smartphone screen. The time lag becomes a greater issue especially while capturing moving objects when the first shot could be a blurr. Though this largely depends on the user’s skills as well.

DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 camera lenses for smartphones by Sony
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Other than that, at a price of Rs 24,990 and Rs 12,990 (depending on their specifications) for QX100 and QX10 lenses, respectively, it seems like a good investment.

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