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| p.2 #4 · Sony announces QX10 and QX100 cameras for smartphones |
There's some real potential here, though I have no idea whether this will be a massive success or horrid failure. You can do some cool things with this, with remote shooting and such, but one thing that is going to really make this a hard sell for a lot of people is the proliferation of built in wifi on pretty much all new cameras.
Since this cameralens isn't really more portable, but is a little more awkward to use, it's a hard sell when you can get a relatively pocketable RX100 II, with built in wifi and remote shooting, that's easier to carry and has better controls, a flash, etc.
Last year, this would have been really unique and cool to easily get good images on your phone easily. But now, I can get any 2013 mirrorless camera, get better images, and still toss them to my phone with ease. In fact, Wifi is one of the main reasons I'm using my X-M1 as much as I use my X-E1. I love being able to take a shot, develop the RAW to my preference in camera (Fuji's in camera RAW conversion has a lot of control and power), and toss that to my phone to upload to Facebook or such. It's really nice. You've got Fuji's X-M1, Sony's NEX-5R, 5T and 6, Olympus E-P5, Panasonic GH3, GX7, plus in most new DSLRs....all with WiFi, all with the ability to easily share to a mobile device. Yes, it's one extra step, but for those who would carry a dedicated camera, it's really not a big deal.
But, we'll see...I could definitely see this going either way. It looks like Sony's done a pretty good job with the implementation, so it would be kind of neat to try out.