Sony launches the zoom that shoots distance: The Remote Eye

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At the last fair IFA in Berlin, Sony introduced  two products that fails to be clear if an eccentricity impractical or a great innovation.

This is the Cyber-shot and QX100 QX10. cameras are without display, remote eyes actually, with the ability to attach to a smartphone, either Android OS or iOS iPhone.

Sony Remote Eye

Sony Remote Eye

To reach these remote eyes used wifi connections or NFC proximity system and an application. But not only that. These cybernetic eyes can also be used independently, without the need to attach to a phone or tablet, as in the case of QX100 includes trigger and memory card.

Both models can zoom in or out with a lot of flexibility of the reason you want to photograph, because their goals cover a wide range of focal lengths (28-100 mm), as well as having a maximum aperture of F/1.8 aperture. When used, it increases the quality of the photos. Especially in the case of the QX100, because it has the same image sensor of the Sony RX100 II.

The advance is paid and if it is as spectacular as that of Sony. The QX10 price is 200 euros and 450 euros QX100, which would add the price of the smartphone for remote shooting.

The lens was a pending ofsmartphones , but starts to eliminate.To date we have seen in Spain only two phones whose cameras have optical zoom, both from Samsung.

G800 and S4 Zoom. ‘s G800, 2008, and the recent Galaxy S4 Zoom. The first, which had a three-zoom magnification, went unnoticed by the windows. The second not be seen too, probably because hardly remember a smartphone more bulky and ugly. Looks like a camera with a phone glued to the contrary. But, yes, the photos that captures perhaps compensates pay 500 euros.

Nokia Lumia 1020. The optical zoom is not the only way for us to photograph a subject that is far away from us without move. Interestingly PureView technology using their Lumia Nokia 1020, the phone most of the time resolution.

This mobile has an image sensor with 41 megapixels large, exceeding even that of some high-end compact cameras. The large surface area of ​​that component increases the image quality when taking photos and videos. Especially in low light.

Despite having a focal length lens can use the digital zoom with Lumia 1020. Nokia been achieved in that, unlike what happens with the other role in mobile phones, there is an appreciable loss of quality images.

The trick is in what is called pixel oversampling. If we lower its 41 megapixels to 8 or a 5 can make a cut in the picture with the pixels remaining.

The effect is identical to using an optical zoom. It sounds twisted, but at the moment of truth the system works quite well. At least that we saw when testing the Nokia 808 and a direct predecessor of this Lumia 1020 equipped with the same technology.

Sony Xperia Z1. boasts of having a digital zoom up to eight times with similar quality optical one. It has a 20 megapixel sensor. The size of that component is higher than what we’re used to seeing on the camera phone, but stays away from incorporating the Nokia Lumia 1020. So it seems unlikely that this model achieves match the technology Sony Digital zoom PureView using the Finns. Although we have to wait to try it for effectiveness.

Pros and cons. Each of these models has its pros and cons. If you are looking for quality picture and the Nokia Lumia 1020 Sony QX100 module takes the cake. Both have similar size sensor and lens quality. Although the latter has an optical zoom 3.6x magnification compared to 3 which is capable of achieving the first using PureView.

As Nokia’s wins in size. Bulk much less mobile than any other module you add the Sony. But also on the speed of response. Well there is a lapse of time since fired from mobile QX100 until it is stored.

Those seeking close as possible to an object prefer 10x objectives Sony QX10 module and the target of Samsung Galaxy S4. Both sensors have the same size and same resolution, 18 megapixel the first and 16 the second. The great advantage of the Sony is that modules are removable and can be used separate from the phone, ideal for self-portraits.Although speed of response wins Samsung.

The Sony Xperia Z1 gets halfway, but keep a major as: water resistance.Allows use on rainy days without going to a better life.

It remains to be seen whether these proposals will achieve a place among those who are not a photography enthusiasts, as none are cheap.


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