The Sony QX10 and QX100 lens-style cameras have taken another steps towards becoming professional photographer’s tools with the help of a new firmware update.
A lot of people have laughed the first time they heard rumors about Sony releasing a lens with a built-in image sensor and other specifications required for a true camera.
The lens-style cameras have turned out to be real and Sony has launched two of them. The QX10 and QX100 are two interesting devices that use smartphones as viewfinders through a WiFi or NFC connection.
Unfortunately, photographers do not view them as tools for professionals, as their imaging customization options are not great in numbers. Unfortunately, their exposure settings are rather scarce and they cannot even shoot RAW images, despite the fact that some Nokia Lumia smartphones can do this.
Anyway, some people enjoy these products and Sony will not abandon them. As a result, the PlayStation maker has announced a new firmware update as well as a software update in order to make the two very attractive to professionals.
Sony PlayMemories Mobile application bumped to version 4.0
First comes the software update. The Sony PlayMemories Mobile application has reached version 4.0. It can be downloaded by both iOS and Android users from the App Store and Google Play Store, respectively.
The PMM 4.0 app comes packed with a photo browser. The Quick Viewer allows users to navigate easier between the stored files and the shooting mode.
The app is now faster, as its connectivity speed has been improved drastically. All in all, it is a welcomed update and the next major one will become available for download next spring.
Sony QX10 and QX100 update comes packed with extended ISO features and full HD video recording
January will also bring a firmware update for the Sony QX10 and QX100 lens-style cameras. The upgrade adds support for full HD video recording at 30 frames per second in MP4 mode. Up until now, the two devices could only capture movies at a maximum resolution of 1440 x 1080 pixels.
The ISO sensitivity range has been extended, too. The QX100 now reaches a maximum ISO of 12,800, while the QX100 can go up to 3,200, up from 3,200 and 1,600, respectively.
Since it is aimed at the higher-end model, the QX100 update will provide another functionality: shutter priority mode. The maximum ISO will reach 12,800 in this mode, while the shutter speed will range between 1/2000th of a second and 30 seconds.