IFA 2013 | Sony takes smartphone photography to the next level with the DSC-QX10 and QX100

The new "lens cameras" combine the photo quality of high-end compact cameras with the ease of use smartphones

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We first got a look at Sony's lens cameras last month when photos and partial specs for both the SDC-QX10 and QX100 were posted on We're happy to see that the rumors were true, and that these impressive new smartphone accessories are finally here.

This new type of camera is designed to be paired with a smartphone which then acts as the viewfinder. Pairing is set up using NFC, and communications between the two devices is done via wifi. Both models feature Optical SteadyShot, manual controls, an SD card slot, and are compatible with both Android and iOS devices (sorry Windows Phone users).

The QX10, the smaller model, has a 10x optical zoom, a 1/2.3 Exmor R CMOS 18.2 MP sensor, a Sony G lens, and weighs about 105 grams (3.7 ounces).

The QX100 has a 3.6x optical zoom, a very impressive 1.0 Exmor R CMOS 20.2 MP sensor, a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens, and weighs 179 grams (6.3 ounces).

The DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 are already listed on Sony's website in most regions. In the United States, the cameras are priced at US$249 and US$499 respectively with an estimated availability date of September 25th.

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Craig Munro, 2013-09- 6 (Update: 2013-09- 7)