A Bet­ter Cam­era for Your Smart­phone

Sony Cy­ber-shot DSC-QX10

HWM (Singapore) - - Lab Test -

need a stead­ier shot. One thing the QX10 lacks is built-in flash. And since there’s no way to op­er­ate the flash on your smart­phone as well on the QX10, us­abil­ity in low light sit­u­a­tions is af­fected.

The QX10 can also be mounted onto your smart­phone with the bun­dled smart­phone at­tach­ment. This lets you use your phone as a point-and-shoot. Its in­ter­nal bat­tery lets you shoot up 220 shots ac­cord­ing to CIPA stan­dards, though this num­ber might drop due to the Wi-FI con­nec­tion that is re­quired be­tween the cam­era and your phone. Stor­age-wise, the QX10 ac­cepts both mi­croSD cards and Mem­ory Stick Mi­cro cards.

The PlayMe­mories app shoot­ing in­ter­faces is very much like a dig­i­tal com­pact cam­era’s in­ter­face, with soft­ware but­tons that let you zoom in and out, as well as to re­lease the shut­ter. You can fo­cus by tap­ping on the sub­ject on the screen. Al­ter­na­tively, you can half-press the shut­ter but­ton on the cam­era it­self to fo­cus, but the fo­cus point won’t show on your smart­phone dis­play. There’s also lag when fram­ing a shot as the phone’s dis­play tries to catch up with mov­ing sub­jects.

The QX10 has In­tel­li­gent Auto, Su­pe­rior Auto and Pro­gram Auto in terms of shoot­ing modes. Su­pe­rior Auto mode raises the ISO limit from 3,200 to 12,800, and while Pro­gram Auto lim­its this to ISO 1,600. Pro­gram Auto also gives you to abil­ity to ad­just white bal­ance and ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion.

Im­age qual­ity-wise, we no­ticed shots from the QX10 ap­pear slightly un­der­ex­posed. And sim­i­lar to other Sony point-and-shoots, im­ages right out of the cam­era dis­played col­ors that were slightly over-sat­u­rated. Res­o­lu­tion-wise, since there’s no way to set the ISO sen­si­tiv­i­ties, shoot­ing at Auto pro­duced re­sults of 2000LPH (ver­ti­cal) and 1800LPH (hor­i­zon­tal) at ISO640.

Some will see the QX10 as an over­priced com­pact that needs a phone to work. To oth­ers it’s the per­fect com­pan­ion to their smart­phone. If shar­ing pho­tos quickly is a ma­jor con­cern to you, and you’re not sat­is­fied with your smart­phone cam­era, then per­haps you should take a look at the QX10.

De­spite hav­ing bet­ter im­age per­for­mance than a smart­phone, the QX10’s lack of fea­tures gets more ap­par­ent when you re­al­ize it’s go­ing for $349, more than some en­try-level pointand-shoots. Get­ting the cam­era up and run­ning takes a while, and is more com­pli­cated than pow­er­ing up a stan­dard com­pact. Ul­ti­mately we feel the QX10 is still a first-gen­er­a­tion prod­uct which needs fur­ther re­fine­ment in or­der to se­ri­ously com­pete with the stan­dard point-and-shoot.

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