By Stephen Schenck | January 28, 2014 1:03 PM
Sony’s QX10 and QX100 Cyber-shot “lens-style cameras” were easily two of the most unusual products to pop up at last year’s IFA. While either can be used hand-held, we saw how an extendable clip could let the cameras latch on to the back of an existing smartphone, or for an even more secure fit, Sony had custom cases to which the cameras could attach. Neither felt like the most graceful way to put a camera on a phone, but they worked in a pinch. But now Sony’s pushing the limits of what sort of devices the QX10 and QX100 might find a home with, and it’s going beyond smartphones with the introduction of the SPA-TA1 tablet-ready mount.
We know: the idea of using a tablet to snap pictures is a difficult one for a lot of people to accept in the first place. But Sony seems wholly unconcerned with your handwringing over the propriety of such endeavors and is committed to bringing its lens-style cameras to tablets. This new adapter is set to launch in Japan on April 4, and for a price that works out to about $36, will let you securely attach your QX10 or QX100 to the tablet of your choice. A variety of brackets let it adjust to fit a number of device sizes, from phablet up to full-fledged tablet.
Awkward to use? Maybe. Big and distracting? Oh my, yes. But we’ve got to hand it to Sony for at least not backing down when it comes to this project, and having the wherewithal to follow through with a healthy series of accessories.