I really amaze myself how I keep finding new gadgets and ways to spend money. I found this kind-of-awesome gadet by accident and totally liked the idea. Smartphones are getting better and better each year and so are their features, yet there is still a lot of improvement to do, and the camera is one of those areas.
One particular feature that I like in a smartphone is the camera along with all the photography apps that you can get to apply effects on photos and create great works. Since I got my iPhone 5, I rarely take my basic digital camera with me anymore when I go out or during travel trips, and although I am just an amateur, I am not completely satisfied with the quality of pictures even when I turn on the HDR option. So when I found about this compact attachable smartphone camera from Sony, I thought that it’s such a great solution to take photos in great quality directly on a smartphone. It comes in two models, both under the cyber-shot Q series:
and obviously each has different specs and price.
For a detailed specs comparison between the two, click here.
So basically, here is how it works, the camera/lens connects to the smartphone via Wi-Fi, you launch an app on the phone, then you can start taking pictures and they are transferred directly on your phone. It has also the ability to store the pictures on the memory card of the camera itself. So as its name suggests, it’s a detachable camera/lens that replaces the built-in camera of the phone and a huge improvement to the quality of the picture you can take using your phone.
At first, I was so excited about the idea. It’s portable and small which are essential selection criteria for me when picking any gadget. The photos are directly transferred to the phone and it also resolves the quality issue of the photos taken by the phone camera. I think we will see a lot more of these cameras soon on the market as they are practical and more portable than huge cameras and lenses, well at least for amateur people.
However, a major turn-off for me is that it functions only over Wi-Fi. You’ll be able to use it at home mostly, and in public areas with Wi-Fi access. How about when you’re out, on a trip or just some place with no Wi-Fi access, then what, connect them via 3G/LTE? it’s possible but then it depends on your 3G/LTE plan and how much you can be flexible with spending it over this, especially in light of the size of the photos taken by the camera! Since they are going to be in better quality and higher resolution, that means higher size as well. So on one hand, they will consume memory space on the phone faster and on another hand, as photos are transferred via Wi-Fi (or 3G/LTE) to the phone, the speed of the transfer will highly rely on the internet speed (that’s also an issue if it operated via Bluetooth!) and if you’re on 3G/LTE, it is most likely that your account will run empty fast enough.
When you’re home, you can use any camera, it’s convenient and I don’t see the interesting side of using this gadget. I do hope that they make a new generation of these cameras that function via Bluetooth, now that would be amazing.
Here’s also a hands-on video about these Sony Cyber-Shot Q cameras:
I am happy to know that I’ll be saving my money this time and not getting an additional gadget until further notice (hint: Bluetooh feature added) lol