Hello, geeks! It’s been a while since I last wrote a gadget review and I think it’s high-time I should post one up.
I actually have a LOT of gadget reviews waiting on my backlog — a couple of phones, some powerbanks, a bluetooth keyboard and whatnot — but let me jumpstart with the Sony QX10 Lens Camera.
Every time I pull this cute little thing out of my bag, I always get asked, “What is that? Is that camera?”
And yes, indeed it IS a camera. It can work standalone but the Sony QX10 Lens Camera is meant to be attached to your smart phone, like so.
Sony QX10 Lens Camera Product Photos
Some quick product shots.
The Sony QX10 is an 18MP camera, with 10x optical zoom.
Has ISO sensitivity 100 up to 12800.
The LCD screen where you can check the battery charge.
The Sony QX10 can be attached to a tripod, monopod or selfie stick.
Easily zoom in or zoom out. You can also take pictures with just the lens using the shutter on the side. The Sony QX10 uses a microSD to store photos and videos.
Here it is attached to my iPhone 6. It’s compatible with most smart phones, with or without cases.
It can work as an iPhone stand, too! Woohoo, lol.
Indoor, low light close-up shot.
Indoor, natural light.
Indoor, low light.
Outdoor, at night.
The Good, The Not-So Good and The Bottomline
I have had the Sony QX10 for almost over a year now (yeaaap, it’s that delayed! I got this cutie as a Christmas gift last year) and here are some of the stuff I can say about it.
- It’s very portable, and very light weight.
- Takes very good photos in low light settings.
- It is able to record HD videos well.
The Not-So Good
- PlayMemories Mobile, the app that you use to take pictures and videos with, is C-R-A-P. The only thing you can do with the app is take photos and videos and the only camera settings you can adjust is the ISO and the exposure. There’s really a lot of room for improvement for this app, like Sony can add sharing functionality to other apps and editing features like filters, cropping, etc.
- Don’t expect to do burst shooting with this. It takes a few seconds for the image to get transferred to your smart phone.
- The battery drains very quickly when taking videos. At most, you can take 20 minutes worth of video before running out of juice.
- The lens camera feels very fragile. I’m afraid that a minor drop will break it.
Bottomline, the Sony QX10 Lens Camera is a novelty gadget. It’s something you would buy because, hey, it’s cool. It’s also nice to get as a gift.
You’d be better off with a GoPro, honestly.
But that doesn’t mean that this is a crap gadget altogether. It’s a nice gadget to have alongside with your existing smart phone.
I personally love it and I use it a lot when I go to blog events. Instead of bringing a clunky camera or dSLR, this is the only thing I tote around (with my iPhone 6, of course). It fits perfectly in small bags!
You can buy a leather case for it.
I also like to attach it to a mini-tripod and play around with it. The possibilities are endless!
If you have any questions about this gadget, comment below or send me a tweet!