The Good The Sony Cyber-shot QX10 at its core is a good point-and-shoot camera with photo quality that's better than you'd get with most smartphones. Connects easily with Android devices with NFC. Available platform-agnostic API allows app developers to add support.
The Bad The camera has a very limited feature set compared with a regular point-and-shoot; Sony's mobile app has few features; extended shooting drains your smartphone's battery; and its shooting performance can be extremely frustrating.
The Bottom Line The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 might be a fresh take on a point-and-shoot camera, but the design ends up being a bit more trouble than it's worth.
Sony's camera in a can frustrating to use
You have to give Sony credit for trying something new to stem declining point-and-shoot sales.
The Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 and its higher-end linemate, the, are essentially compact cameras redesigned for people who've forsaken standalone cameras for their smartphone's.
The cameras wirelessly link to your smartphone (or tablet if you want) via a direct Wi-Fi connection and, with the help of Sony's PlayMemories Mobile app (for now, at least), let you use your device as a viewfinder and interface for the camera.
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Capturing our refugee stories on a single fixed-lens camera
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Sony A6500, RX100 V cameras focus on fast performance and movie-making
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Top-shelf camera reaches a whopping 100 megapixels
Phase One's camera comes with a price tag beyond the reach of most consumers, but its high-end technology could eventually finds its way into mainstream cameras.
Light's bizarre -- and a little bit brilliant -- take on camera tech
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Canon, Pentax power forward to lure high-end camera buyers
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How a $47,000 camera learned to go mirrorless
The A-series cameras marry Phase One's digital sensors with Alpa's lenses. It's a new-era approach to an old-school photography technique.
For camera makers, hope lies in pricey devices for the few
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Pentax seeks turnaround with tiny Q, giant 645 cameras
The teensy Q cameras flopped in the US, but they remain central to Pentax's effort to rebuild its business and brand. Also coming: a big price cut for the K-50 SLR -- and leaf-shutter lenses for the beefy 645Z.
Olympus Pen E-PL6 comes with free Wi-Fi SD card to share your snaps
The latest Micro Four Thirds camera from Olympus comes with a slimline pancake lens and a Wi-Fi memory card so you can ditch your smartphone camera.