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Is Sony Just Getting Ridiculous With The Next QX “Clip On” Camera?

By Anthony Thurston on September 2nd 2014

The first images of Sony’s next QX camera leaked online this morning, and while the new camera/lens/whatever you want to call it is expected to be announced tomorrow, I wanted to ask you all about it.

You can see the pictures in the slider below. Sony’s next QX camera will feature a pop-up flash and will be an e-mount module, allowing you to use any (presumably) e-mount lens on this phone “clip on camera.” While I have no doubt that this will be a quality product and provide users with great image quality compared to that from their normal phone, I can’t help but wonder who would want to walk around and use one of these in public…

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I am sorry Sony, but I can’t be the only one who finds this absolutely ridiculous. Maybe there are people out there who like them? They must be doing ok if Sony keeps pumping them out. But now I am curious…

What Do You Think About Sony's New E-Mount QX Clip On Camera?

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Maybe something about the announcement will surprise me, but until then, color me skeptical…

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What are your thoughts on this next QX camera from Sony? Leave a comment below!

[via Sony Alpha Rumors]

 

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Basit Zargar

    not that exciting

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  2. Phil Bautista

    With all the cameras with wifi and NFC built in, the need for these cameras is miniscule. Why buy a stripped down RX10/RX100/A6000 which needs a smart phone paired with it to work properly (you can still use these cameras without the phone but no way to compose the shot) when you can get a camera that gives you the option of using it with your smartphone or not? The savings doesn’t make up for the inconvenience of missing the shot waiting for the phone and cam to connect.

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    • Austin Swenson

      I think it would be fair to say though that unless you have a 1DX or D4S that you can snap on and it’s instantly on, chances are anyone would miss some spontaneous “I got lucky” shots.

      These cameras actually pair really quick with NFC technology and work pretty decently, but not so great with wifi, which is what a lot of people use and hate about these little clip-ons, which is also why as an iphone 5 user I don’t own one of these things.

      I do think however, that the AF speed and accuracy won’t be as good as a DSLR or dedicated mirrorless camera because I think they are using the same sensor as the a5000, which isn’t at all terrible by any means, but isn’t as fast as a more advanced sports camera with quick focus and 6+FPS, etc. I think this little guy is meant more for street photography, posed portraits, etc. where you can slow down and compose the shot.

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  3. Julian Rothman

    This could be awesome if it’s embraced by the right app developers – in terms of adding functionality we’re always hoping for in a firmware update. Focus-peaking, Hyperlapsing, HDR-ing… or maybe even something never seen before.

    I guess it’ll help if you already own the lenses. The little popup flash should have been a hot-shoe though.

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  4. Matthew Saville

    For those of you who think that Sony is this miracle company that is achieving some sort of zen-like defeat of Canon and Nikon, feast your eyes on this.

    Clearly, they’re just trying EVERYTHING and seeing what works and what doesn’t. And a lot of stuff is going to get laughed out of town. The only reason they’re succeeding with cameras like the A7 series is because they’re aggressively trying all different varieties of cameras, as rapidly as possible.

    Oppositely, when Nikon and Canon release a product, it always seems like it HAS to be a huge hit, or they’re going to get hanged by their shareholders. I’m not sure why this discrepancy is between the efforts of these three major players, but it is definitely interesting to observe.

    My hope? That Canon and Nikon still have time to effortlessly and deftly enter the pro mirrorless market with one swift blow, and all will be right in the world.

    But that’s just a crazy, crazy idea…

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  5. Austin Swenson

    I think this is what they should have come out with to begin with, and I think a lot of people who originally reviewed the other clip-on cameras made sure to give it marks down because you can’t change the lens, and now people are saying it’s ridiculous because you can change the lens? psssh…

    Sure, this isn’t going to be a main camera for anyone. That is surely not what it is even designed for. It’s for the consumer who wants better quality photos from their kid’s soccer game but doesn’t want to lay down 1,000 dollars for a DSLR and a kit lens and lug around a huge freaking camera bag and be weighed down. It’s for the person that wants to take unassuming, hidden shots of bashful people from a bush while they sit there with their phone looking the other way at a cafe table. I can think of a lot of other reasons to use something like this, but I think that this is an idea to explore, not scoff at and belittle. An idea like this could be another gopro thing where people invent all kinds of cool stuff from.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Idk Austin, I can think of plenty of small cameras that I feel would be much easier to use than these. Also, to be clear, I never reviewed either of the previous QX models. But my thoughts on those are the same as this one, that its absolutely ridiculous.

      You could never catch me dead using one of these for any reason. But, that is just my opinion. I fully admit that others feel differently, and may not feel like a total goober using this in public, but that is just not me.

      That said, I am curious to see what the specs are on this new one, and ill cover it unbiasedly tomorrow when it is announced. Thanks for your thoughts!

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  6. Steven Pellegrino

    At some point the folks who are getting serious about photography and using their phones as their only camera just have to make the jump to a real camera. Certainly stay within the brand because Sony makes great cameras, but they need to make the leap.

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    • Stan Rogers

      I would counter that at some point people who claim to be serious about photography must realise that form factors and ergonomics designed around traditional film-based hand-held cameras are not merely ungainly in some circumstances, but actively interfere with some aspects and possibilities of photography. You can go places and do things with this camera that you can’t with a more traditional form factor. Think of the phone as an accessory for the camera rather than the camera as an accessory for the phone, then think about where you can put a camera that is essentially a lens with an attached back cap with a remote finder and controls. It’s not Sony’s fault if you have no imagination.

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    • Austin Swenson

      I have to agree with Stan here, I think this could be a wonderful opportunity to be creative with something that doesn’t necessarily fit into the norms of photography.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I will give you that Stan, these could no doubt be used in some situations better than traditional form factors. I just have a really hard time taking these seriously.

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    • Phil Bautista

      If you’re going to be serious about photography, get a serious camera. This is a gimmick that didn’t catch on for a reason. With a plethora of cameras equipped with wifi and NFC that allow you to pair it with your mobile device, why limit yourself to a half baked camera with no viewfinder? If you want to stay with Sony, pick up an RX whatever. Or an A7. Or an A6000. You’ll be better off for it.

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  7. Mark Iuzzolino

    Silliness!

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  8. ar mar

    This must be a really, really slow news day for you to crank out an article of such incredible editorial value. Good job, man.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      To be fair man, the point of the post was the poll. Not sure how much editorial value a poll centric post is ever going to have. But, this does double as keeping you updated on the latest rumor/leak regarding the next QX, so…

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  9. Eric Sharpe

    I mean, just buy a camera at that point.

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