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Sony's new camera clip-ons for phones look like a crafty solution, but what will they do to phone battery life?
Sony's just-announced camera modules that clip onto smartphones and link to them via WiFi--the $250 QX10 and the $500 QX100--have gotten a lot of attention at IFA.
They seem like a clever way to allow a phone to take better pictures: Replace the phone's own lens and sensor with better hardware, but borrow the phone's processor, software, screen and Internet connection to ensure you can share the results as easily as ever.
But by using WiFi to communicate with their host phones, how much of a dent will they put into phone battery life? For that matter, if you need to carry a bulky camera module to take better shots on the go, would you do better with a connected camera that can send photos to your phone--but won't need to occupy its WiFi so often?