Do you use your smartphone most of the time for photography? Then you should consider getting this unique lens from Sony which uses WiFi connectivity and saves it directly onto your device.
The DSC-QX10 smartphone lens is basically a compact camera that connects to a smartphone via Wi-Fi and is controlled from the phone. I’ve been using it with my iPhone 5.
It can be clamped on to the phone using a couple of built-in sprung arms or used remotely. The controlling Sony software is downloaded to the phone as an app and once the Wi-Fi signal from the camera is located, you’re away. You now have a fully functioning camera with built-in storage via a micro memory card and complete connectivity via the phone, so you can upload your photographs straight away.
It is streets ahead of the basic iPhone camera, of course. As you would expect from a Sony product, it’s got a sharp 10x optical zoom lens that will take good images across its range, including macro shots. It is small, beautifully engineered and fits into your pocket. It’s easy to set up and the iPhone controls it efficiently.
But if you use your smartphone for all your photography these days and you like to share your images online, this elegant gizmo could be the answer to your phone’s photographic shortcomings: keep it in your pocket, handbag or manbag and pop it on your smartphone when you want to do some serious snapping. If you are a keen photographer and like using a “proper” camera, it probably is a bit too tricky in comparison, especially if you don’t need immediate connectivity.