Camera Phone Facelift

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The days of camera-phones being inferior to their full-sized predecessors are nearly behind us. While music videos and full-length ad campaigns have been shot on modern smartphone cameras, Sony’s new DCS-X10 and DSC-QX100 lens-sensor modules are taking camera-phone performance to the next level. The modular lens and sensor attaches to any phone or tablet and connects via WiFi (and even boast Near-Field Communications capabilities). The specs and abilities are more comparable to a premium handheld camera than anything connected to a phone currently on the market. The new system allows photographers on the go to shoot top quality video and images with a device they already carry. Expect to see more third-party lenses attached to your favorite devices when these start shipping at the end of the month.