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Wednesday, 04 September 2013

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A dream come true?

The most telling detail showing that Sony's QX team isn't quite there yet, or isn't getting it entirely, or (more likely) the staid old marketing types in the parent corporation aren't yet allowing it to realise the true potential: the blasted clamps.

Do we for a second imagine Jonathan Ive designing clamps to append such a unit to the iPhone? Let alone Steve Jobs not flunking such an ungainly contraption down the toilet?

You cut the chord between optics/sensor and processor/storage/display, and then you klutz it on again?
With all the drawbacks of the dirty-diaper-camera, no VF, but twice the depth of the RX100 II?

Of course, the current inadequacies of wireless connectivity (NFC or otherwise) between QX units and smartphones are partly to blame. Still, the true implications of modularity remain to be worked out. The current QX modules, sleek as they are, don't reach conceptually far enough beyond the Minolta Dimage V and Canon Powershot 30t of 1996: plus MicroSD card, minus connecting cable.

While I'm not really interested in getting the first iteration, I love the concept.

Up until now, the best optical systems available to consumers are confined to (and constrained by) conventional cameras. This slightly clunky device might start to change that.

Fine. I will be waiting for the QX7 and QX9 series. APS-c and full frame interchangeable lens front ends for phones or high res tablets.
I think I can guarantee at least two more buyers for those.

Kudos to Sony for being first with guts to move away from film camera form factor!
There is NO REASON whatsoever why digital cameras have to be shaped like old film cameras - be they slrs or compacts - other than inadequacy complexes.
I've been asking this for years now, well done, Sony!

Most interesting, it seems to be compatible with any Android phone. I've always stayed away from Sony products due to their use of proprietary, industry-nonstandard peripherals such as memory cards and cables. Maybe the company that invented Betamax, MiniDisc, and Memory Stick has turned a page.

Does it ship with a camera mount.....the ideal camera for remote shooting. Stick the QX100 up a (relatively light) pole, connect your smartphone (damned a reason to own one) to it via Wifi or NFC point the camera, and fire away.

Yeps, I must admit these guys at Sony R.O.C.K.

Greets, Ed.

Darn! I finally just might have to splurge for a smartphone.

Niche-within-a-niche, or next big thing?

Sony is exploring a fine line: on one side, there's the phone's built-in camera which is good enough for most shots. On the other side, there's every WiFi-enabled camera that can be controlled by a phone, but also works on its own.

I think these things are awkward contraptions, not far removed from a P&S rubber-banded to a smartphone (which is undoubtedly what the first prototype was). I am not the target market, so my opinion really doesn't matter.

As regards new forms of camera design, I seem to recall a Minolta (yes, before Konica) model where the optics and sensor were in their own housing tethered to the processing part of the camera. I suspect it didn't sell, though I don't know if it was any better or worse than other similar cameras of the era.

Patrick

Perfect for the reporters of the Chicago Sun-Times, and anyone else paid to post photos to the cloud ASAP.

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