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NEW: Cyber-shot QX10, QX100 Lens-style Cameras for smartphone photographers

by Kathleen 09/04/2013

Bet you’ve never seen anything like this before! World, meet the Cyber-shot® QX10 and QX100 Lens-style Cameras.

These babies will easily link to your smartphone (iOS *and* Android™!) and allow you capture high-zoom, high quality photos which you can immediately share on Facebook, Instagram, and other social networks.

Another cool feature: these lens-style cameras can act as a remote viewfinder, letting you capture unique photos from different angles and perspectives.

Hit the play button to get the 411.

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  1. Scott O wrote: September 4, 2013 9:23am

    I understand the lens pairs with a smartphone by NFC but are the controls via bluetooth (range 30 feet) or wifi (Range much more)
    Very innovative product.

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 5, 2013 10:15am

      Hi Scott, thanks for reading/watching! The NFC pairing uses WiFi, not Bluetooth.

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  2. Alex Hwang wrote: September 4, 2013 12:11pm

    Does either the QX-10 or QX 100 have a conventional tripod mount?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 5, 2013 10:14am

      Hi Alex, thanks for your question! Both have conventional tripod mounts (1/4”-20).

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  3. Tosh wrote: September 4, 2013 3:30pm

    Is it possible to just save the photos to the regular gallery on the Android phone or iPhone?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 5, 2013 10:16am

      Hey Tosh! By default, the photos are stored in your regular gallery on the Android phone or camera roll in the iPhone. Thanks for your question.

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  4. maki wrote: September 5, 2013 4:47am

    read about it yesterday…
    that’s so cool!
    must have it.

    :: greetings from bavaria from maki

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 5, 2013 10:33am

      Thanks Maki!

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  5. Ernie wrote: September 5, 2013 5:30am

    Does the stand alone units have a spot to connect a neck or had strap to. To avoid dropping the unit.

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 5, 2013 10:37am

      Hi Ernie, there’s hole for attaching a handstrap (which is also supplied!). Thanks for your question.

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  6. Frederic Ohringer wrote: September 5, 2013 9:10am

    Will QX100 fit on to iPad mini. This would be great.

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 5, 2013 10:38am

      Hi Frederic, unfortunately an iPad mini may be too big for the QX100 to clip on to, but on the bright side, you can use it as a remote viewfinder! Thanks for your question.

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  7. Rajnish Raj wrote: September 5, 2013 10:59am

    Is it possible to use sony wireless microphone with the QX100? Is it possible to use QX100 while charging?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 6, 2013 10:49am

      Hi Raj, this is something that we haven’t tested and don’t recommend in this case. And it is not possible to use the QX100 while it is charging. Thanks for your question!

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  8. Mich wrote: September 5, 2013 11:03am

    When will it be available?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 5, 2013 3:36pm

      HI Mich, they’ll be available later this month!

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  9. David White wrote: September 5, 2013 3:41pm

    Can these superb cameras shoot in RAW mode? If so, my EOS will have to watch out! For use in stand-alone mode, is there an optical viewfinder, as with a non-SLR camera?
    I’m assuming a mobile device is always necessary as the local or remote digital viewfinder.

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 6, 2013 10:50am

      Hi David! Thanks for watching! These cameras do not shoot in raw mode. And the QX10/100 can actually be used as a standalone camera, in the event that you don’t have your phone on you or it runs out of battery.

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  10. Anthony wrote: September 5, 2013 4:50pm

    Hey Man, Do either lenses have self pixel stabilization for clear crisp images ?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 10, 2013 10:58am

      Hi Anthony, the camera has built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to combat camera shake, keeping handheld pictures and videos steady and blur-free. Thanks for reading!

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  11. Jim H wrote: September 6, 2013 8:36am

    No hanging from my neck ready for action? Well yeah that would only work if it were bigger. Can I shoot direct by another app like FB or Wikipedia or must I shoot with the Sony app and upload from Gallery? Does the phone’s hard shutter button work? Do both copies of EXIF get the same info including geotag? Have I asked too many questions?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 6, 2013 12:50pm

      Hi Jim, we always appreciate questions! There is a wrist strap included. You can shoot with the Sony app, and your pics will be automatically saved to your Phone Gallery/Camera Roll (depending on the phone). The hard button won’t work, and the image will not include a geotag as the images are saved on the camera, which doesn’t have GPS.Hope this is helpful!

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      1. Jim H wrote: September 6, 2013 7:47pm

        Thank you kindly Kathleen and of my questions the crucial one is GPS. My need for my pix to know their location is unusually great; it’s my main reason for using a camera phone instead of a separate camera. Every GPS camera I’ve used gave less reliable locations than even a low end smartphone but then even pretty good phones give mediocre pictures when conditions are harsh. Does the app read the phone’s location and record it in EXIF of the picture that’s kept in the phone?

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        1. Kathleen wrote: September 10, 2013 10:53am

          Hi Jim, no GPS information is added when copy is transferred. Perhaps you can look for an app that embeds location info post-shooting?

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  12. Brian wrote: September 7, 2013 11:03pm

    I was wondering would this device work with the Galaxy Note series phones (Note 2 or S4)?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 10, 2013 9:53am

      Hi Brian, thanks for reading. Yes, the device would definitely work with the Galaxy Note. It’s compatible with iOS and Android smartphones!

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  13. Vic wrote: September 8, 2013 1:33am

    Smartphone Attachable Lens-style Camera DSC-QX100 will go great with Xperia Z Ultra ?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 10, 2013 9:53am

      Hi Vic, yep it sure will.

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  14. Shivang wrote: September 8, 2013 9:36am

    Can these fit in xperia z ultra

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 10, 2013 9:57am

      Hi Shivang, yup the lens is certainly compatible with the Xperia Z Ultra.

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      1. Markus wrote: October 18, 2013 11:09pm

        Hey,

        Got my QX10 yesterday, and can confirm that Yes – it workshop on the Z Ultra. But it does not fit. The brackets are 12-15mm too short to fit the phone. Bummer…

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  15. Stefan wrote: September 8, 2013 3:01pm

    Is there a flash in the QX10/100 or can a flash be added?
    When I shoot without phone, is there any way to frame the shot?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 10, 2013 10:49am

      Hi Stefan, some options include turning on the LED light on your phone as well as a dual task app to shoot while it’s on. Thanks for reading!

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    2. Kathleen wrote: September 18, 2013 3:24pm

      Hi Stefan, it might be possible to turn on your phone’s LED light using a dual task App to shoot while it’s on. The phone is the only way you’ll be able to access a viewfinder.

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  16. Andrew wrote: September 8, 2013 11:35pm

    Can the QX10 be attached to the Z Ultra?

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  17. Emer wrote: September 9, 2013 6:06am

    From which version of iOS & android this QX10 & QX100 will work?

    This QX10/100 will just work or sync to smartphones by just internet connections or by bluetooth?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 10, 2013 11:16am

      Hi Emer, the device is compatible with iOS™ and Android™ devices, version 3.1 or higher. The QX10/100 camera acts as access point which can be discovered by other devices just like access point at home and office… It’s Peer-to-Peer connection.

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  18. Eric wrote: September 9, 2013 8:57am

    Can you remotely power the QX100 ON/OFF? Is it possible to have more than one QX100 controlled by the same smart phone/ipad? Also, I assume I can turn on video recording remotely, correct? Thank you!

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 10, 2013 10:50am

      Hi Eric, to activate the device, the physical button needs to be pushed or the NFC logo needs to be touched with another NFC device. You Can only connect to one device at once. And yes, you can trigger video capturing remotely from the phone. Thanks for reading!

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  19. Levy wrote: September 9, 2013 9:38am

    1. The lens fit my Galaxy S3?
    2. It’s possible make video or only still pictures?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 10, 2013 9:02am

      Hi Levy, thanks for reading! Yes – the lens will fit most Android smartphones, and it will take both stills sand mp4 video.

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  20. Tim wrote: September 9, 2013 11:24am

    Will the Playmemories app allow taking sweep panoramic shots with this lens?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 13, 2013 3:39pm

      Hi Tim, thanks for your question! The current modes we feature include superior auto, intelligent auto, and aperture priority.

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  21. Tim wrote: September 9, 2013 11:27am

    I’ve heard that these lenses are standalone cameras, how do you change between movie and still shot modes using the lens in standalone mode. There doesn’t seem to be a button to switch modes. Also, does the small LCD screen show other info other than battery level, like the number of shots remaining? Thanks!

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 10, 2013 10:52am

      Hi Tim, thanks for reading! You’ll need to be connected via PlayMemories to switch between still photo and movie modes.

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  22. Tim wrote: September 9, 2013 11:28am

    Is the release date for Canada the same as US? For the end of September?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 10, 2013 8:55am

      Hi Tim, thanks for reading! Please reach out to your local support team as they’re better suited to answer your question. http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/Support/

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  23. Lin wrote: September 10, 2013 9:01am

    is it possible to geotag the pictures?

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  24. Sylvain wrote: September 12, 2013 11:41am

    Does the qx100 attach fit on a Galaxy note 2 (or note 3)? From the spec it seems that it does not fit (75 mm only while the Galaxy Note 2 is wider), but I have read somewhere that it does. So does it or doesn’t it?
    Another question: from the demos I have seen that just after taking a picture, there is a transfer bar getting in the way; is there a way to not transfer in real time, store on the camera and transfer in the background instead?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 13, 2013 3:40pm

      Hi Sylvain, the lens will attach to phones up to 75 mm wide. The device is definitely compatible with your Galaxy phone. Thanks for your question!

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  25. Cogor wrote: September 13, 2013 11:26am

    Hi, I understand that the lens pair with the iPhone via wifi, but what happens if wifi isn’t available (e.g., when I’m traveling)?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 13, 2013 3:35pm

      Hi Marc, thanks for your question. The good news is that the QX10/100 camera acts as an access point which can be discovered by other devices just like access points at home and office… It’s Peer-to-Peer connection.

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      1. Cogor wrote: September 13, 2013 6:59pm

        Good to know! Thanks Kathleen!

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  26. Chris wrote: September 17, 2013 3:32pm

    How are you suppose to use wifi in the forest or walking down the street? Or on the beach? Bluetooth would have been much better

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 18, 2013 3:15pm

      Hi Chris, thanks for your question. There is no need for a network when using the camera. It’s peer-to-peer connection, so the camera will be able to connect to your smartphone no matter where you are.

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  27. asit wrote: September 17, 2013 6:00pm

    iPhones do not have NFC. How does it sync with iPhone? Does it use Hotspot capability of iPhone as WiFi?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 18, 2013 3:14pm

      Hi Asit, you are correct. The camera will connect to the iPhone via Wi-Fi. Since it’s peer-to-peer connection, there’s no need for a separate network. Thanks for your question!

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  28. Paymon Dorri wrote: September 18, 2013 5:32am

    Regarding the flash, is the only option to turn on the led light on the phone (meaning having the light constantly on rather than just flash when snapping the photo) or will it actively turn on the phone’s led flash when the photo is taken. Also, with ios devices, is this use of the flash built into the play memories app used with the cameras or does it need to be turned on via another app.

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 18, 2013 3:23pm

      Hi Paymon, thanks for your question. It might be possible to turn on your phone’s LED light and use a dual task app to shoot while it’s on.

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  29. pravin wrote: September 18, 2013 11:55am

    Does it has flash?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 18, 2013 3:23pm

      Hi Pravin, it might be possible to turn on your phone’s LED light using a dual task App to shoot while it’s on.

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  30. Santiago wrote: September 19, 2013 4:32am

    are the qx10 qx100 lenses compatible with the HTC One M7 ?
    Or is the compatibility related to the Android software version ?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 19, 2013 1:52pm

      Hi Santiago, thanks for your question! The lenses are compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones running 3.1 or higher.

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      1. Zachary wrote: October 20, 2013 8:43am

        Will the QX-10/QX-100 be able to use all of the HTC One Sense 5 camera options like slow-mo, Zoe, and the effects? Please reply asap Thanks!

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        1. Kathleen wrote: October 21, 2013 2:21pm

          Hi Zachary, thanks for your question! The QX lenses are standalone cameras and will not be able to use the camera options you listed.

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  31. MikeK wrote: September 19, 2013 11:24pm

    Hi Kathleen. Can the QX10 shoot video in slow motion, e.g. 240fps or 300fps? Also, can I have one phone/tablet control more than 1 camera at a time? Ideally I’d like to record video from 2-3 cameras at a time all in slow motion for sports analysis.

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 20, 2013 3:27pm

      Hi Mike, the QX10 does not have slow mo video modes. And you cannot control more than 1 camera at a time with one device. You might be interested in the Action Cam though, as that does have slow mo. Thanks for your question.

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      1. MikeK wrote: September 20, 2013 3:52pm

        I’ve considered that approach but the challenge with the action cam is that it doesn’t have any zoom capability like the QX10 and I believe a phone/tablet can only talk to 1 camera at a time. The QX10′s zoom capability would allow me to keep the camera far enough from the action to be safe. Hopefully Sony will consider adding both slow-mo capability and the ability to control/record multiple cameras at one time to your software.

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  32. Samantha Bell wrote: September 20, 2013 11:14am

    Hi!

    I am ordering this right now, but I’m making sure I don’t need to also order the battery & charger. Does it come woth both?

    Thanks!

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 20, 2013 3:26pm

      Hi Samantha, thanks for your question. Yes – it definitely comes with a battery and a charger!

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  33. Brian wrote: September 20, 2013 2:41pm

    Does it come with charger or do you have to buy it seperately.

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 20, 2013 3:25pm

      Hi Brian, yes – it comes with a charger! Thanks for your question.

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  34. sanket wrote: September 20, 2013 7:39pm

    Is there a special case with Xperia ZR to mount the camera?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 23, 2013 11:31am

      Hi Sanket, thanks for your question! No special case is needed to mount the camera on an Android or iOS smartphone.

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  35. Samuel wrote: September 21, 2013 9:52am

    Hi Kathleen! Does the QX100 have a manual focus ring?

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    1. Samuel wrote: September 21, 2013 10:11am

      and one more thing, if it doesn’t have one, how do I control the manual focus? Does touching the screen of my smartphone on the part where I want to focus on do the trick? Thanks :)

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    2. Kathleen wrote: September 24, 2013 1:31pm

      Hi Samuel, thanks for your question. Yes! The QX100 does indeed have a manual focus ring. And there is also an AF function but you can also Yes, touch and focus to pinpoint as well.

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  36. pingnak wrote: September 23, 2013 10:24pm

    I see the camera can connect to your ‘phone’ via WiFi… will there be a published API for it, so I can write my own open source apps to talk to it?

    You know, alternative interfaces to set focus, aperture, ISO, etc., perhaps on tablets, notebooks, etc.? Of course, it would be really fun if there were a straight up ‘web’ interface in it, with manual ‘camera’ settings and a straight-up ‘address bar’ way to set things.

    For instance, to shoot…

    http://mycamera/still.html?iso=100&f=10&s=250&SHOOT

    For instance, to shoot video…

    http://mycamera/video.html?iso=100&f=4&RECORD

    I’m sure a few thousand developers could come up with a lot of interesting ways to operate this thing that Sony never dreamed of. Always the weakness with any camera, really. Stuck with the decisions (good and bad) that the manufacturer made, when they made the camera, ultimately limiting its usefulness, and often adding frustrations for which there could be trivial fixes.

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 24, 2013 11:03am

      Hi Pingnak, great question! Please stay tuned for more details.

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  37. Gaurav wrote: September 24, 2013 2:03am

    What is the performance of these lens in night without flash. And with the phone like z ultra , which does not have any flash.

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 24, 2013 10:55am

      Hi Gaurav, the sensors on these cameras are very sensitive, which reduces graininess of photos when taken in low light. Check this out for more detailed information: http://bit.ly/14B53Kr

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  38. Rajan wrote: September 25, 2013 12:28am

    That means the live view is available only if wifi is available? Can you connect following devices for live view and how?
    iPod touch 4th generation
    Ipad retina display
    Nokia C7

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 27, 2013 11:35am

      Hi Rajan, that’s correct – your smartphone will serve as the viewfinder. The camera will connect to Android and iOS smartphones running 3.1 or higher. Hope this helps!

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  39. prerak wrote: September 26, 2013 1:07am

    is this compatible with xperia ZL ?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 27, 2013 11:33am

      Hi Prerak, yup! It’s compatible with Android and iOS smartphones.

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  40. Frederic Ohringer wrote: September 26, 2013 1:12pm

    Can you use USB charger for iPad or Iphone to charge battery of Q100. Can you use Q100 without a memory card and images just go to iPhone

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 30, 2013 2:07pm

      Hi Frederic, thanks for your questions. We recommend using the charger that comes with the QX100. And yes, still images will transfer to your phone even when you’re shooting without a memory card but movies will not.

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  41. SCOOBY MIRANDA wrote: September 30, 2013 10:34am

    IS CUSTOM WHITE BALANCE AND RAW FILE INCLUDED? IF NO. =(

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    1. Kathleen wrote: September 30, 2013 2:09pm

      Hi there, RAW is not supported. You can control settings for white balance and others using your smartphone. Thanks for your questions!

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  42. ian wrote: September 30, 2013 8:28pm

    i have the samsung galaxy Mega same size as Xperia Z Ultra.. will it clip w/ the phone?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: October 1, 2013 9:14am

      Hi Ian, thanks for your question! the lens will attach to phones up to 75 mm wide.

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  43. Barathi wrote: October 3, 2013 10:57pm

    hi, i have sony xperia M,does it is compatible with mine..?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: October 7, 2013 1:47pm

      Hi Barathi, if your phone is running Android 3.1 or higher, it will certainly be compatible. Thanks for your question.

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  44. Sid wrote: October 5, 2013 9:33am

    Hi. Outdoors, after we connect the lens to the phone via NFC, how far away can we take lens from the camera to click pics? What would be the NFC range?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: October 7, 2013 1:48pm

      Hi Sid, the range will vary depending on the environment. We’d like to say ~30 ft or so. Thanks for your question!

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  45. Tej wrote: October 6, 2013 12:40am

    Does it has flash????
    If we need to take picture in night or dark place then what would we do??

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    1. Kathleen wrote: October 7, 2013 1:42pm

      Hi Tej, it does not have flash, but the device has a large image sensor that is very sensitive, even in low light scenarios. Thanks for your question.

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  46. BULL wrote: October 6, 2013 9:11am

    hi is the q10 compatible with the Galaxy Note 3. there was a video review on youtube of the q10 which said the q10 is not compatible with the Note 3. is this true?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: October 7, 2013 1:40pm

      Hi there, the QX10 is compatible with all Android smartphones. It will probably not clip onto the note but should still work with your phone. Thanks for your question!

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  47. rishi wrote: October 6, 2013 3:37pm

    Sony Cyber-shot QX10 Cons
    Lacks flash
    Lacks focus assist lamp
    Limited options and controls (such as ISO)
    Lacks panoramic or effect shooting
    Lacks continuous shooting mode
    Lacks dedicated video button
    Shooting without the connection is like shooting blind

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  48. pepe wrote: October 8, 2013 2:42am

    is it compatible with xperia ZR?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: October 9, 2013 9:14am

      Hi Pepe, thanks for your question. It’s compatible with Android smartphones running 3.1 or higher.

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  49. vaheed wrote: October 10, 2013 2:01am

    Hi there,well its really nice to see these cams but as im a fan of SONY i had xperia Z,changed to z ultra a master piece of course,I want to order DSC Qx10 but have a big doubt!!! can it play with my ULTRA?

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    1. Kathleen wrote: October 11, 2013 4:15pm

      Hi Vaheed, yes it is compatible with all Android smartphones. Thanks for your question.

      Reply
  50. Protox 109 wrote: October 16, 2013 5:35am

    Hey will this Work on bluetooth?? Because there are many low end android which dont have NFC but want it

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    1. Kathleen wrote: October 16, 2013 12:32pm

      Hi there, it will work via Wi-Fi. Good news is that there’s no need for a Wi-Fi connection at all times, it relies on peer-to-peer connection. So the lens and your phone will work outdoors…in the woods, at the beach, wherever!

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