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Sony’s Cyber-shot QX100 lens camera is fantastic, impractical (sample photos)

Sony's Cybershot QX100 lens camera is a solid shooter, but a bit impractical sample photos and video

At Sony’s IFA press event, reps handed out samples of the company’s $ 250 lens cameras to everyone in the room. We really enjoyed our time with the Cyber-shot QX10, but that model’s more powerful sibling, the QX100, promised even better performance, albeit in a substantially larger package. Unfortunately, it’s been a bit difficult to come by, and our loaner missed the deadline for a review. We’ll examine it here instead.

At $ 500, the QX100 is an incredibly pricey smartphone accessory, but when you consider that the cam features the same optics as Sony’s $ 750 RX100 Mark II, that ambitious sticker price is a bit easier to swallow. Still, for the QX’s target demographic — smartphone users looking to boost the quality of Twitpics and Instragram photos — bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better.

Both the QX10 and QX100 function in much the same way, but internally, they’re entirely unique. The base model includes a 1/2.3-inch sensor and a 10x optical zoom lens, while the more expensive version, available for twice the price, features a much larger 1-inch sensor and a higher-quality 3.6x Carl Zeiss lens. It’s essentially an RX100 Mark II without the LCD, and with limited advanced control. Instead, like with the QX10, you use a connected smartphone as your viewfinder. Unlike with that flavor, however, you now have the ability to tweak the aperture (down to f/1.8). On paper, it’s a much better fit for advanced photographers, and the image quality is good indeed, but ultimately this is an accessory for your smartphone. Keeping that in mind, let’s see how it performs.%Gallery-slideshow98477%

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Sony Cyber-shot QX10 review: a WiFi ‘lens camera’ that mounts directly on your smartphone

DNP Sony Cybershot QX10 review a WiFi 'lens camera' that mounts directly on your smartphone

Earlier this month at IFA, Sony introduced an entirely new type of point-and-shoot camera. The QX10 and its big brother, the QX100, are missing a built-in LCD. Instead, framing, image review, configuration and even storage are all handled on another device: your smartphone. These “lens cameras,” as they’ve become unofficially known, mount directly on a handset you already own, pairing with Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile app via WiFi. The benefits are considerable. The absence of a display allows for a more compact body, improved power efficiency and a lower price tag. The QX100, for example, includes the same optics as Sony’s flagship RX100 Mark II, but retails for $ 500, compared to $ 750 for its fully equipped counterpart. The QX10 is the more mainstream of the two, with a smaller footprint and an affordable $ 250 price tag. We focus on this model just below.%Gallery-slideshow85039%

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Sony expands high-end Cyber-shot lineup with RX100M2, full-frame RX1R (hands-on)

Sony expands highend Cybershot lineup with RX100M2, fullframe RX1R handson

Sony’s brilliant RX100 and RX1 advanced point-and-shoots will live to see another day. Instead of replacing these two well-received pocket cams, the company has opted to expand the upper end of its Cyber-shot lineup, adding two very compelling new models. First up is the RX1R, a full-frame compact that’ll retail for $ 2,799, the same price last year’s model still commands today. In fact, it’s nearly identical to 2012’s flavor, with the exception of a redesigned sensor, which drops the optical low-pass filter in the interest of sharper captures. Of course, without that component, the camera is susceptible to moire and false color issues, so the RX1R is a better fit for landscape photographers than portrait shooters or photojournalists. It also sports Triluminous Color output through the HDMI port, for enhanced visuals on select HDTVs.

The vast majority of shooters are going to be much more excited about the Cyber-shot RX100M2, though. This “Mark II” variant of the RX100 borrows a few features from Sony’s NEX line, which is never a bad thing. Looking at the camera, you’ll first notice the 3-inch 1.3M-dot tiltable LCD, which can flip 84 degrees upward and 45 degrees downward. There’s also a Multi Interface Shoe for adding on accessories like a microphone, OLED EVF or external flash. Additionally, the USB port is now a Multi Interface Terminal, so it’ll work with the RM-VPR1 remote, and Sony added WiFi, NFC, and Triluminous Color output through the HDMI connector. On the imaging front, there’s a brand new 1-inch BSI CMOS sensor, boosting sensitivity to the tune of one full stop (we’re told ISO 3200 shots are comparable to ISO 1600 on the RX100). The top sensitivity also jumps from ISO 6400 to 12,800, which is pretty fantastic for a point-and-shoot.

As with the RX1, you’ll still be able to snag the RX100 for some time to come. And for many photographers, last year’s model may be the best pick — the RX100M2, while a bit more feature-packed, retails for a $ 100 more than its predecessor, with a $ 750 MSRP. The RX1R, however, maintains the same pricing as the RX1, at $ 2,799. Both cameras, which you can check out now in the hands-on gallery below, are expected in stores by the middle of July.

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NEW Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V 18.2MP Waterproof Digital Camera 3.3-Inch OLED

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IRL: Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 and the full-frame RX1

Welcome to IRL, a recurring function where we discuss the gadgets, apps and toys we’re using in real life and take a second appearance at products that currently got the formal review treatment.

Not too long back, full-frame digital cameras were cumbersome, heavy and very pricey. They’re still a long methods from making a home in the deal bin, however Sony’s new RX1 certainly has size in check. In order to reduce the design’s impact, the Japanese camera maker included a fixed 35mm lens to this point-and-shoot-esque digicam, imitated the business’s lovely and functional RX100. Both of these flagship Cyber-shots offer incredible bang for your buck, however they’ll thin out your pocketbook quicker than they’ll catch 10 consecutive 20-plus-megapixel frames. Still, as you’ll check out after the break, our local camera reviewer Zach Honig is very much in love.

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Gift Guide: Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 Compact Camera

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Short Version

Sony’s compact camera with pro features including manual focusing and RAW support comes with a hefty price tag, but it costs that much for a reason: This is simply the best camera currently available for shooters who want something that fits in a front pocket but still delivers image quality so breathtaking, your friends will think you’ve been toting around a DSLR.

Long Version

Features:

  • Large, 1-inch sensor (allows for amazing depth-of-field composition)
  • Bright, fast  F1.8-4.9 lens
  • Incredibly fast autofocus in a range of lighting conditions

Info:

  • 20.2 effective megapixel sensor
  • 3.6x zoom
  • Availability: Ships Dec. 4 from Sony
  • MSRP: $ 649
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The Sony RX100 is…

… a compact camera that proves good things do come in small packages. The bokeh (background blur) you can achieve with this camera is astounding, given its size. It’s also an extremely capable low-light shooter compared to others in this category, and has AF capabilities that are actually so fast they’ll take some getting used to if you’re coming from some recent mirrorless interchangeable lens systems, like the Canon EOS M.

But the Sony RX100 for…

… the photo enthusiast in your circle who stopped taking pictures because they got tired of lugging around heavy equipment. That applies to DSLR shooters, as well as compact system camera users who were just tired of keeping track of different lenses, or who felt almost, but not quite unburdened by things like the Olympus PEN series that still aren’t quite pocketable.

Because…

… the problem with the eternal struggle between image quality and portability in cameras is that you always end up making more compromises than you’re probably comfortable with. The RX100 is different, in that it’s a compact camera with an attached lens that will leave you thinking “This is good,” instead of just “This is good enough.” Check out the gallery of unedited photos straight from the camera below for a small sample of what the RX100 is capable of.

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Amazon starts selling Sony’s Cyber-shot RX1, NEX-6 and Alpha A99

Amazon starts selling Sony's Cybershot RX1, NEX6 and Alpha A99

If you were interested in any of Sony’s recent camera publications, it is now time to prepared up that wallet of yours due to the fact that Amazon’s set to begin taking orders fairly soon. At this very event, the trio’s noted as “briefly out of stock,” but this is presumably due to the retail store being in the middle of equipping racks with the current and biggest shooters from the Japanese electronics outfit. Still, you can take your pick between that crown jewel Alpha A99, the mirrorless NEX-6 or the full-frame Cyber-shot RX1 and order one now, though they’re not due to ship till October, November and December, respectively. As anticipated, both the A99 and RX1 are priced at around $ 2,800, while the NEX-6 carries a smaller $ 848 tag– this, of course, being for the body-only flavors. All the links you require are down below, so make sure to bookmark ‘em if you’re interested in making one of these your very own.

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