Sony DS-QX10 and DS-QX100 clip-on cameras manual leaks with specs

Sony DS QX10 and DS QX100 clip on cameras manual leaks with specs

Earlier in the week we posted an intriguing article about a pair of clip-on 18MP optical zoom Sony camera attachments for mobile phones. We spoke about them at length on the podcast and couldn’t decide whether they were practical, silly, a hoax, or all three! Today we’ve got more details, and it looks like they’re real. The jury’s still out on the rest of it though.

The leak is basically the schematic breakdown page of the instruction manual, but it does answer quite a lot of questions. Take a look:

Sony DS QX10 and DS QX100 clip on cameras manual leaks with specs

1) Power Button
2) Microphone
3) Display Panel
: Indicates that the card is not inserted
: Indicates the remaining battery charge
4) Hook for belt
5) Tripod
6) Ring Control (DSC-QX100)
7) The power / charge / movie
Green: Power on
Orange: running charging
Red: running video
8) Zoom lever
9) shutter button
10) Multifunctional jack
11) RESET button

Dimensions (standard CIPA)

  • DSC-QX100: 62.5 mm × 62.5 mm × 55.5 mm (W / H / D)
  • DSC-QX10: 62.4 mm × 61.8 mm × 33.3 mm (W / H / D)

Weight (standard CIPA) (including battery pack NP-BN, “Memory Stick Micro”)

  • DSC-QX100: approx. 179 g
  • DSC-QX10: approx. 105 g
  • Power Supply: Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BN
  • Power consumption (during shooting): 1.1 W

There are a few things worth highlighting, some bad, some good:

  • Firstly, James mentioned on the podcast that one thing that could cause issues is if they mess up the memory card compatibility. Guess what? They’re only compatible with Sony’s own Memory Stick Micro. Oh dear.
  • Next up is that they seem to be pretty much self contained, with power, memory, microphone, shutter button, zoom control, and even their own status display. It looks like the only thing the phone will be doing is acting as a viewfinder and maybe doing some editing and cloud syncing.
  • Something that really grabbed my attention is the tripod attachment; so useful, yet pretty much absent from all mobile phones. Also, the “multifunctional jack” looks suspiciously like a microUSB port. Let’s hope it isn’t proprietary.

The more I see of these little optical attachments the more I want to play, but they look far ‘smarter’ than I was hoping, meaning that the price is likely to be prohibitive. Unless I’m mistaken it looks like it’ll be back to the Samsung Galaxy Camera for me.

It looks like these are going to be officially announced on the 4th September, along with the long awaited Sony Honami i1 (and its real name!). Oh, the Samsung Galaxy Note III is also announced on the same day, so watch out because these may get drowned in other news.

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  • Martin

    These certainly are an interesting concept. The QX10 has the same size sensor as the S4 zoom (1/2.3″), the QX100 has a 1″ (same as the Nikon V1) sensor (the 1020 sits inbetween the two). I’m guessing the small unit will be £150 – £200 and the bigger one at least £300.
    If you are looking to upgrade to a phone with a better camera then I would say the 1020 is a better bet than a phone with the QX10 attachment, the QX100 should take pretty damn good shots though. No flash though, seems a bit pointless having a good camera module and then not having a flash for low light shots. Unless of course you can plug one in to the multi function jack?

    • the_prof

      Yeah the flash thing bothered me a little. I certainly don’t see the sense in providing these high-end lenses and not giving some facility for a flash though.

      Definitely an innovative concept from Sony – not sure how many people would actually be interested in a device like this. I have similar reservations for the S4 Zoom though. I’m sure its bulk would put a lot off. I don’t see a camera with a zoom lens as something a large number of people would want to carry about with them all the time – a niche product, if you will.

      • Martin

        I had my first play with the S4 zoom recently and it is a cracking little device, doesn’t feel too bulky and the zoom closes down a nice way. I am very tempted to get one. My current phone and also compact camera are needing to be upgraded and the S4 zoom is up at the top of the list to replace both I liked it that much with my little play in store.