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Hands On: Sony QX10 review

Has Sony found the solution to the declining compact camera sales?

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Vibrant colours are captured well by the QX10, being natural and punchy without being over the top.

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Shooting in Twilight Mode (which the camera chooses automatically) means that the camera will fire off three sequential shots to be combined automatically to reduce noise.

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One of the most fun aspects of the QX10 is being able to control it remotely, allowing you to leave it on a table and fire the shutter from a smart phone or tablet up to 10 metres away.

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At last, a solution for taking photos of cocktails in dimly lit bars so you can share them on Instagram has been found.

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The QX10 has coped well with the mixed and dark lighting here, but some highlights have been blown out on the illuminated lettering.

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Examining images taken with the full telephoto zoom at 100% reveals some image smoothing and loss of detail, but they are fine for sharing online or small printing sizes.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1440 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution18.2 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
PictBridgeNo
Product FamilyCyber-shot
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom10x
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameSony
FeaturesOrientation Sensor, Smartphone Compatible
Screen SizeNo
Video FormatsMP4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)90 g
Minimum Focus Distance50 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4896 x 3672
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Image Sensor TypeExmor R CMOS
Total Camera Resolution19 Megapixel
HDMINo
Battery Model SupportedNP-BN
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (M2), microSD Card, microSD Extended Capacity (microSDXC), microSDHC Card
Height61.8 mm
Width62.4 mm
Depth33.3 mm
Focal Length10.40 mm to 37.10 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Flash ModesNo
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelDSC-QX10
Product NameQX10 Lens-Style Camera
Product LineCyber-shot
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDSCQX10B.CE7
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Get connected. Go further. Go smarter

Experience photography for the smartphone age. With a simple connection, a wireless, smart lens gives your phone a powerful 10x optical zoom and smooth image stabilisation. It takes photos you never thought possible with your phone.

Battery Life220 Shot/1.83 Hour Video
Package Contents
  • QX10 Lens-Style Camera
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BN)
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • Smartphone Attachment
  • Instruction Manual
Limited Warranty1 Year