My Experiences with the Sony QX10 “Camera”

Let me start by saying I bought my DSC-QX10 “Lens-Style Camera” at the end of February through Amazon. The first thing I did was update the firmware to the latest version. I also grabbed the latest version of the PlayMemories Mobile app form the Play Store. This “camera” has been the most useless device in in collection ever since.

Sony’s marketing of the device is very “optimistic” and misleading. They have a video showing a few really happy-looking individuals seeming to really enjoy using the camera with their smartphones.
Sony’s marketing of the device is very “optimistic” and misleading. They have a video showing a few really happy-looking individuals seeming to really enjoy using the camera with their smartphones.

This is a complete farce! On the RARE occasion where I can get the “NFC/Wi-Fi® allows simple, one-touch connection with smartphones” to actually stay connected to my phone for more than 15-20 seconds, the ability to compose any kind of shot with the “live-view” on the smartphone is non-existent. There is such a tremendous amount of lag in the display that even stationary, landscape shots are maddening at best. Taking any kind of photo of a moving subject (as portrayed in at least one of their promo videos) is completely impossible. If you happen to frame your subject and get a shot off in the split-second between lag you’d better go play the lottery because you are the luckiest person I know.

EVERY TIME I try to give this thing the benefit of the doubt and give it another chance, I get burned. I have missed many great impromptu shots because of the device consistently disconnecting from my phone, the lag preventing me from framing the subject, etc, etc, etc. I ALWAYS end up getting so frustrated that I put this thing away and revert to using my phone’s built-in camera.

I have tested this device with several phones, Including the Motorola Nexus 6, Samsung Galaxy S4, and even my Sony Xperia Z3! NONE of them provide a usable, much less enjoyable experience. I can only hope that someone thinking about purchasing this product will see this post before they make a huge mistake.

For Reference, here is a link to Sony’s marketing page for this device….a shining example of misleading advertising.

Sony DSC-QX10