Camera upgrades are only one of the many reasons why smartphone and tablet companies continue to revamp their gadgets’ hardware and software. Starting from the Nokia Lumia 1020 which has 42 megapixels of camera sensor to Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, it is obvious that the trend of innovation is improving mobile photography for different gadgets. One of the popular brands which are now offering a new product to the market is Sony which just recently unveiled its DSC-QX100 accessory for smartphones.
Through a press event, the DSC-QX100 (DX100 for short), along with other products, is made available for hands-on experience by Sony. It is an external device with a separate housing which can be attached to any smartphone. But before it could function, users should first download the Sony PlayMemories Mobile application and pair the external device to the phone using Wi-Fi. From there, the lens will work and once done, users can detach the DX100 and keep it.
The Sony DX100 has a 1.0 inch, 20.2 MP Exmor RCMOS sensor, Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with wide aperture and 3.6x optical zoom and an image processor which automatically adjusts the camera settings depending on shooting conditions. Although it may be too big to fit in your jeans pocket, it’s still a way for photographers to carry less weight without having to bring a full DSLR camera. In addition, even though the PlayMemories Mobile has a touchscreen version, the DX100 still has a separate physical shutter button as well as zoom control. This makes it usable even without the smartphone. However, since the external device doesn’t have a screen, the feature is not entirely useful.
The Sony DX100 is planned to be made available in stores before the end of the month. The exact release date is on September 25. Sony stores everywhere will also offer compatible accessories including carry cases for the said product. On a related note, the said gadget will retail for $499.
It may be expensive for some but DX100 is a good choice for avid photographers. It is interesting that Sony was able to create a device which can work for any kind of smartphone. It means that the company was flexible enough to let their customers keep their old gadgets if ever they choose to buy the DX100 to experience mobile photography on a whole different level.