Smartphone attachable lens-style camera

Smartphone attachable lens-style camera

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Attach to turn your smartphone<sup>1</sup> into an 10x zoom camera

Attach to turn your smartphone1 into an 10x zoom camera

Simply attach the compact and lightweight DSC-QX10 to turn your smartphone1 into a 10x optical zoom camera to capture actions up close.

NFC/Wi-Fi® allows simple, one-touch connection with smartphones2

The DSC-QX10 allows One-touch connection with smartphone via Wi-Fi® thanks to NFC. Shoot from your iOS or Android smartphone2and record images with the quality of dedicated camera device.

Use Apps to edit and share photos instantly online

Millions of smartphone Apps to choose from for editing and sharing via text, email and various socials like Facebook and Instagram on the fly.
Use Apps to edit and share photos instantly online

Shoot and enjoy images thru the smartphone's large LCD screen3

All of the DSC-QX10's features can be accessed via your smartphone's LCD screen3 and the free PlayMemories Mobile App.
Uncouple from phone and hold or mount for flexible shooting

Uncouple from phone and hold or mount for flexible shooting

The DSC-QX10 can also be used uncoupled from the smartphone. Hold the camera in one hand and your phone in the other, or use the universal tripod screw to mount your camera to any number of mounts to experience versatile, freestyle shooting.

Conveniently save images on both camera & phone memory

Images are conveniently saved to both camera and smartphone's memory automatically. With the free PlayMemories Mobile App you'll then be able to hit "Share" on App to organize, edit and share anytime, anywhere.

Automatically sets the camera in best shooting condition with iAuto

The DSC-QX10 can recognize scenes like low-light, back-lit, macro and more to automatically adjust to make sure you will always get the shot you want.
Automatically sets the camera in best shooting condition with iAuto
Impeccable low light performance

Impeccable low light performance

The DSC-QX10 sports a back-illuminated 18MP 1 / 2.3" Exmor R® CMOS sensor producing images with low noise even in low light, far surpassing the quality of images shot on smartphones.

High grade Sony® G Lens with 10x optical zoom

Capture sharp photos with minimal blur even when zoomed in (10x Optical zoom), thanks to Optical SteadyShot image stabilization.
High grade Sony<sup>®</sup> G Lens with 10x optical zoom

High-quality 1080/30p HD video with low grain even in low light

Record high quality 1080/30p HD video even in low lighting situations. The MP4 format is ideal for enjoying and sharing your HD movies on your smartphone, PC, Mac® computer or the internet.

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Advanced Features
Image Stabilization [Still Image]
Optical SteadyShot(™) image stabilization
Optical SteadyShot(™) image stabilization with Active Mode
Priority Setting (for Face Detection) Yes (eight faces max)
Drive System
Self-timer 10 sec. / 2 sec.
Shutter Speeds iAuto (4 - 1/1600) / Program Auto (1 - 1/1600)
Exposure System
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0 EV, 1/3 EV step
Exposure Settings [Still]
Superior Auto, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Movie Mode
ISO [Still Image]
ISO100-3200(iAuto), ISO100-12800 (Superior Auto), ISO100-1600(Program Auto)
ISO Sensitivity (Movie) [Movie]
Auto (ISO 100 - 1000 level)
Metering Modes Multi Pattern
White Balance Mode Auto / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Flourescent White Balance 1 / Flourescent White Balance 2 / Flourescent White Balance 3
/ Incandescent
Focus Control
AF Modes Multi Point AF / Touch AF
Imaging Sensor
Color Filter System RGB primary color mosaic filters
Imaging Sensor 1/2.3" (7.76mm) Exmor R® CMOS sensor
Pixel Gross 18.9M pixels (approx.)
Processor BIONZ® image processor
A/V Remote Terminal Multi/Micro USB Terminal, Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0)
NFC Yes (NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible)
Tripod Mount Yes
USB Port(s) USB 2.0 Hi-speed
Wi-Fi Yes
Aperture (Max.) F3.3 (W), F5.9 (T)
Clear Image Zoom 10x
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) [Still Image 16:9] f = 27.5-275mm [Still Image 4:3] f= 25-250mm
[Movie 16:9] f = 27.5-275mm (SteadyShot Standard), f = 27.5-385mm (SteadyShot® Active Mode)
[Movie 4:3] f = 33.5-335mm
(SteadyShot® Standard), f = 33.5-469mm (SteadyShot Active Mode)
Lens Groups-Elements 9 elements in 7 groups (including 4 aspheric elements)
Lens Type Sony G®Lens
Optical Zoom 10x (Optical Zoom during movie recording)
Steady Shot Mode:Active [Still image] Optical SteadyShot(™) image stabilization [Movie] Optical SteadyShot(™) image stabilization with Active Mode
Power Consumption (in Operation) Approx. 1.1W
Battery Type InfoLITHIUM® NP-BN (3.6V)
Number of Still Images Approx. 200 images
Color Space sRGB
Media Type Memory Stick Micro / microSD Memory Card / microSDHC Memory Card
Microphone/Speaker Built-in Stereo Microphone
Still Image File Format JPEG (DCF, Exif, MPF Baseline) compliant, DPOF compatible
Still Image Size 16:9 L:13M (4,896 x 2,752) S:2M (1,920 x 1,080
Still Image Size 4:3 L:18M (4,896 x 3,672) S:5M (2,592 x 1,944)
Video Mode MP4:
12M (1440 x 1080, 30 fps)
Service and Warranty Information
Limited Warranty Term 1 Year Parts & 90 days labor
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.) 2 1/2'' x 2 1/2'' x 1 3/16'' (62.4mm x 61.8mm x 30.0mm)
Weight (Approx.) With Battery and Memory Stick_micro 0lb 3.7oz. (105.0g)
Weight(Approx) (Main unit only) 0lb 5.8oz. (165g)

What's in the Box

  • Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BN
  • Micro USB cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • Smartphone attachment
  • Instruction Manual


CNET Editors' Rating
3 out of 5 stars.

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.

The overall rating is 6.5 out of 10.
  • Design rating is 7.0 out of 10.
  • Features rating is 6.0 out of 10.
  • Performance rating is 6.0 out of 10.
  • Image quality rating is 7.0 out of 10.