The folks at Sony sent over their wireless, smartphone-attachable lens camera, the DSC-QX100 for a test drive. The QX100, as you can imagine, is a simple cylinder body with a built-in clip to attach to your phone. Inside the lens body is a 20-megapixel, one-inch sensor that shoots 28-100mm f/1.8-4.9 using Carl Zeiss glass.  While the Sony DSC-QX100 has no LCD,  it does feature a  shutter button and a zoom lever for dialing in the best shot.

The QX100 lens camera shoots wirelessly to your iOS or Android device via a private WiFi connection. An NFC-enabled phone can connect by simply holding the camera to the device. Those interested in more traditional forms of storage will appreciate the built-in MicroSD slot for saving photos.

The magic of the Sony QX100 lens comes with the wireless connectivity and use of Sony’s PlayMemories software that allows you control the camera while mounted to your smartphone. Use it to set white balance as well as various modes of picture taking. This, in essence, becomes your LCD screen to frame photos.

Those looking for the power of a camera similar to Sony’s RX100 digital point and shoot will appreciate the ease of use of the Sony QX100 lens. It is small and light enough to carry around easily while providing you with excellent photo quality from your smartphone.

We share these untouched, unedited photographs shot throughout New York City with the Sony DSC-QX100. Available now for $500.

Reginald E. Weekes IV