Ease of Learning: 4 / 5
Ease of Use: 2.5 / 5
Value for Money: 2 / 5
Video Quality: 4 / 5
Photo Quality: 4 / 5
Features: 2.5 / 100
You’ll be forgiven for thinking that the Sony DSC-QX10 is a lens / accessory to be used in conjunction with a camera body or a smart phone but, surprisingly, it is actually a camera and is yet another testament to Sony’s ability to innovate and be different.
The Sony DSC-QX10 camera is really compact, lightweight and comfortably fits into the palm of your hand. The QX10 only has three main controls – an on/off button, zoom rocker switch, and a shutter button. That said, taking photos with it as is may be a bit of challenge or an interesting exercise (depending on how you look at it) since it does not have a viewfinder or display screen of its own. Here’s where your smart device comes in handy.
With technology and (“appliance”) integration being synonymous these days, it comes as no surprise that the lens is WiFi enabled, thus allowing you to connect to your smart device. For this to happen though, you would need to download the PlayMemories App which will allow you to use your smart device as both a viewfinder and display screen. At this point all the necessary, albeit limited functions, can be found and changed on the screen of your smart device. Be aware though that there’s about a 6 second delay between the smart device and the camera connection between each other.
The Sony DSC-QX10 comes with the supplied bayonet mount at the back of the lens that allows you to clip / attach the lens onto your smartphone, giving you the point and shoot feel – but because of the WiFi feature, you don’t have to attach it. The other benefit of WiFi is that you can capture images and save them directly to the memory card of your smart device or smart phone. While this may be the case, it is not recommended since there is quite a bit of lag between the QX10 and the smart device and transferring an 18mp image can take quite a few seconds thus prohibiting / delaying you from taking the next shot. The best thing is to rather insert a micro SD card into the camera and save directly to the camera.
As mentioned above, lag is a problem with this camera when used in conjunction with your smart device and the further out you zoom, the greater the delay. Again, delaying you from getting that all important next shot. The Sony DSC-QX10 is a novel idea and has its merits. It has great quality glass in the lens making for greater image quality. It also has an optically stabilized 10x, 25-250mm f/3.3-5.9 lens, giving it fantastic zooming capability. It’s compactness and portability also allows for very interesting low angles and fantastic close up shots. That said, I found it to be too labour intensive having to constantly attach it to or connect to my Samsung S3.
Would I recommend you go and buy one at a cost of R2500? Probably not, however, if you like gadgets and toys and have some extra cash lying around, then this may be a nice little camera for you to play around with.