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In my view as good as a digital camera of the same specifications. The advantage of getting this over a digital camera, are that you can split the lens and screen, so that you can take good, still photos (especially necessary at night or dimly lit conditions), as well as photos of yourself (and others). Another advantage is that the battery lasts a long time, as there isn't a screen - I went away on 4 or 5 day breaks without taking the charger with me. Also, it is very compact. Main disadvantages over getting a digital camera is that you have two separate bits of equipment* to make the camera work, and it takes around 10-15 seconds from the time you switch camera and camera app on, to the time it is ready to take photos Certainly for me the disadvantages outweigh the advantages, which is why I don't use (or carry) a separate digital camera.
*Strictly speaking this camera can take photos all by itself, but as there isn't a screen, you can't see what you're taking a photo of.
Received this lens today. Once again, great delivery service from Amazon. The lens itself was easy to set up on IPad, via wifi and Sony Xperia via NFC. The only drawback so far, and it is A big one, is that it will not pair with my Iphone4. I can pair with an IPhone 5, with no problems. Looks like Sony will need to update the app to get this working. iPhone4 is my phone, so this is a major drawback at present. Wifi worked well. I set the lens up in the garden and was able to control it from indoors using an iPad. Much better indoor pictures than the iPad itself and the zoom works well, when controlled from the iPad. Sometimes, get a bit of lag, but can cope with that, considering the technology. Still to really test this to its limits. Hopefully Sony will sort out the app so I can use it with my iPhone4. Only 3 stars for now. If Sony manage to sort out the connection to Iphone4 I will change my rating.
Revised review. I can now connect to my Iphone 4, no thanks to Sony support. Turns out, that if I put my phone in airplane mode and switch the WIFI on, it connects. When I contacted Sony support, they sent me back advice about an E-reader! Then when they did reply about the lens, all they said, was that they do not claim it will connect to all phones (so not helpfull at all). So, now I can connect to MY phone, I am happy. I have amended my rating to a 4. Can not give it a 5, due to the lag, that I sometimes get. But I am sure Sony will manage to sort this, at some point in the future.