Sony QX10 and QX100 get bizarre tablet mounts
posted Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM EDT
Let's face it, if you take photos with your tablet, you look pretty ridiculous (regardless of what Apple thinks). But strapping a big lens to the front of your Galaxy Tab? That's just going to make things worse. And while the QX10 and QX100 may come with built-in clamps for attaching them to your smartphone, buying an extra accessory so that you can use them on a tablet too defeats the whole purpose of how flexible and maneuverable they are. But Sony's making one anyway.
One of the great strengths of the QX10 and QX100 is that you can mount them on your smartphone if you like, making an experience that's very similar to using a traditional point-and-shoot, but you can also use the lens/sensor combo freely, as it's linked to your phone via a Wi-Fi connection. By attaching it to a tablet, you're just making it extremely awkward and difficult to hold—so you might as well simply grab the lens and point it at what you want, and keep the tablet on your lap.
So far, this accessory has only been announced for Japan, where it will fetch 3,434 yen (around $34), and will come with six different arms to attach to an array of different size phones, tablets, phablets, or anything else rectangular—up to an 11-inch device.
Have a look at the photos below, and try and imagine holding that up above your head to get a shot. And think what the people standing behind you might have to say about that.