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Sony DSC-QX100 Smartphone Attachable Lens-style Camera

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  • Attach to turn your Smartphone1 into a DSLR-like quality camera. Phone sold seperately.
  • NFC/Wi-Fi allows simple, one-touch connection to Smartphones
  • Shoot and enjoy images thru the Smartphone's large LCD
  • Compatible with most Android and iOS smartphones
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Color: Black | Style: QX 100
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Product Details

Color Name: Black | Style: QX 100
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.2 x 2.5 inches ; 6.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00EVIBN26
  • Item model number: DSCQX100/B
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 4, 2013

Product Description

Color: Black | Style: QX 100

From the Manufacturer

Sony make . believe


Sony make . believe



The world's first pro-grade lens and sensor combo that clips to your smartphone. Now you can shoot breathtaking, DSLR-quality pics and instantly share them online for more "likes" than ever. Sporting a 1" sensor and a Carl Zeiss f/1.8 lens, this innovative camera captures beautifully defocused backgrounds for that professional look you crave. It's a dream come true for lovers of photography—and convenience.
DSC-QX100


Technology



Attach to turn your Smartphone1 into a DSLR-like quality camera

Simply attach the compact and lightweight QX100 to turn your Smartphone1 into a professional grade camera to capture beautiful DSLR-like 20MP still photos.

NFC/Wi-Fi allows simple, one-touch connection to Smartphones

The QX100 allows One-touch connection with Smartphone via Wi-Fi thanks to NFC. Shoot from your iOS or Android Smartphone2 and record images with the quality of dedicated camera device.


Shoot and enjoy images thru the Smartphone's large LCD screen3

All of the QX100's features can be accessed via your Smartphone's LCD3 and the free PlayMemories Mobile App.



Conveniently save images on both camera & phone memory

Images are conveniently saved to both camera and Smartphone's memory automatically. With the free PlayMemories Mobile App you'll then be able to export the images to organize, edit and share anytime, anywhere.

Use Apps to edit and share photos instantly online

Millions of Smartphone Apps to choose from for editing and sharing via text, email and various socials like Facebook and Instgram on the fly.

Uncouple from phone and hold or mount for flexible shooting

The QX100 can also be used uncoupled from the Smartphone. Hold the camera in one hand and your phone in the other, or use the universal tripod screw to mount your camera to any number of mounts to experience versatile, freestyle shooting.


Additional Features


Get the shots you want w/ manual control via smartphone1

Intuitively control shutter speed, zoom, aperture, exposure, white balance and more with the free PlayMemories Mobile app.

High-quality 30p HD video with low grain even in low light

Record high quality 1920x1080/30p HD video even in low lighting situations. The MP4 format is ideal for enjoying and sharing your HD movies on your Smartphone, PC, Mac computer or the internet.

Impeccable low light performance thanks to large 1" sensor

The QX100 sports a back-illuminated 20MP large 1" Exmor R CMOS sensor to produce professional images that far surpass those captured on any smartphone. The sensor is exceptionally sensitive, producing images with less grain even in low light situations.

Bright F1.8 Carl Zeiss lens with 3.6x optical zoom

Zoom in up to 3.6x on a renowned Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens with large F1.8 aperture lets you accurately capture the subtle atmosphere of every scene and achieve beautiful background and foreground defocusing.


1. Compatible with virtually all iOS and Android Smartphones. Smartphone case or protective cover may prevent attachment.

2. One-touch connection requires NFC on Smartphone. Smartphones without NFC can connect through Wi-Fi settings.

3. Compatible with virtually all iOS and Android Smartphones. Use of PlayMemories mobile App is required to operate camera from Smartphone.


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Product Description

The world's first pro-grade lens and sensor combo that clips to your Smartphone. Now you can shoot breathtaking, DSLR-quality pics and instantly share them online for more "likes" than ever. Sporting a 1" sensor and a Carl Zeiss f/1.8 lens, this innovative camera captures beautifully defocused backgrounds for that professional look you crave. It's a dream come true for lovers of photography-and convenience.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The picture quality is superb....but I certainly take better pictures with my Nikon D7100. Yes, this is smaller and works with my cell phone... but it isn't like this is… Read more ›
I think for novice use this is a fun little gadget. Since the purpose is picture taking the pictures are quite nice! Much better than the pictures I get on my phone, and… Read more ›
The photos are pretty good. They're sharp, and you have the ability to zoom optically instead of the digital zoom you're stuck with on most smartphones, which just ends up… Read more ›
We got this camera to add to my husband's Samsung [Whatever it is] , and hoped…The pictures are really good, much better than they were with the phone's built-in camera. Read more ›
the photos are sharp, and the close ups have bokeh(a soft, blurred background) Read more ›
Once joined, I used the PlayMemories application and began to take pictures. Wonderful experience - it worked as it should and the pictures were clear and sharp. The camera… Read more ›
This camera lens is amazing. I got it to accompany my iphone, and there is so much I love about it. Read more ›
My camera in my phone has multiple modes and a…My phone already zooms to 4x so the 10x of the Sony lens is nice but I'm not sure it makes up for all the other stuff I lose. Read more ›
It had previously worked for me on an iPad 4 with iOS7. This lens is great fun and takes great photos. It is an amazing leap in quality over iPhone photos. Read more ›
With these kind of problems, sometimes it's almost impossible to use the lens since you have to keep resetting the…This lens is a great concept but with many software bugs. Read more ›
Other than that the lens is good and the added capability and easy attachment will give you superb pictures with its 10 X zoom. The size is right, and attaching it to your… Read more ›
If using it this way, it's just as easy to tap the phone screen to take a picture as it is to use the shutter button on the lower…Using the lens separately was also fun. Read more ›
The zoom is nice. However, again, the lag makes it hard to use. Read more ›
The 10 zoom is a nice feature although my Galaxy already has a 21 zoom the use of this lens is still worth using with that camera. Read more ›
I do like the ability to remotely control it from my iPhone. The 10 to 1 zoom is a great feature for an iPhone. Read more ›
Great pictures in low light. The zoom is fantastic. No Bluetooth that's why no have all stars. Read more ›
Otherwise, the pictures are high quality and pretty impressive in low light…The zoom is also good and it's nice that there's a wrist strap so you can tether it to yourself. Read more ›
Overall, this lens/camera is a good addition to the iPhone in that it gives you a good zoom range on the phone. Whether you find the drawbacks and the price prohibitive are… Read more ›
The Sony play memories is very basic and needs some improvement. I would like to see the software adds a function to use the phone's flash. Even though the camera does… Read more ›
I am definitely returning this product. This product's technology is not perfect to use yet. Time consuming of turning it on and connecting it to the phone, I am very upset… Read more ›
(+) The device is easy to use though shouldn't be construed to mean that it's convenient. Read more ›
I love this camera. It is a lot of fun to use and the pictures are excellent. The reason I am giving it four instead of five stars is because the camera is prone to freezing. Read more ›
You can control some settings too, namely zoom, from the phone. I've found it fun and interesting to use, allowing me to take some interesting shots I couldn't otherwise get. Read more ›
If people posed, then it was pretty simple. For the spontaneous pictures I figured out that it was faster to use the zoom ring on the lens. Same with actually taking the… Read more ›
They were on par with a decent point and shoot camera. The video was good too. Even with a few positives, I see no reason to ever want to use the Sony DSC-QX10 again. Read more ›
* Amazing performance in low light conditions. The images AND video are brighter in replay than it was to my own eyeballs. The bar was pretty dark, the band was not well… Read more ›
I used the lens off-phone several times with nice results that would have been impractical or impossible to get otherwise. * Video is very good. Espcially outdoors in… Read more ›
I was recently in Yosemite and set it down beside Lake Tenaya on a small Joby tripod and captured cool video of mountains reflected in the lake, complete with sound of… Read more ›
I do like the way it can be used as its own tiny, very good, video cam. We use it for training in that way. Read more ›
The lens itself hooks on the phone, or you can…The camera also shoots high quality video, and the built-in rechargeable battery (rated to take 200 photos) is replaceable. Read more ›
- The aperture allows you to take exceptional professional quality photos - auto focus & auto settings are very good - The QX100 attaches quickly and securely to just about… Read more ›
movie mode works well but the movies don't show up in my iphone, even after I selected them and transferred (somebody tell me where they went), not in the photo folder like… Read more ›
I especially like that I ordered a used one from amazon and it works perfectly and I never did…Saved a little money and got a perfectly functioning product...thanks amazon. Read more ›
When it works it is fantastic. It's a great point and shoot camera with very simple controls, that produces great results. I was able to capture great long range zoomed… Read more ›
This way, you have the best of both worlds -- including a full functioning camera (I use Sony's; they are superb, but the Eye Fi card works with many cameras.) Read more ›
I was excited to finally get my…For $250 the QX 10 has some cool features and uses and has worked pretty well for me (runing iOS 7 and latest version of the Sony App). T… Read more ›
Excellent…It's definitely better than all the cheap accessories out there, but it's easy to carry in my purse and use it if I don't want to carry my bigger cameras around. Read more ›
The lens just clips onto your camera, (it works on iphone and android the clip expands and retracts), the lens has a cord that makes it easy to carry and I used it as a… Read more ›
This is a…It is just too slow to use in practice and I have no good way to carry it with my Galaxy S4 attached, would much rather carry both phone and a point and shoot. Read more ›
My purpose in getting this was in having a better camera with me than just a…My quibble is that he case made for it is not a convenient way to carry the camera/lens around. Read more ›
I don't understand the reviewers with high expectations on this devise. Its a new concept, lots of fun, small to carry around and has a cool look to it as well. period. Not… Read more ›
The delay in loading the app is a killer. It's not comfortable to carry, despite it's small size and hard to keep the horizon level. Read more ›
The app is quite nice, and allows the user to make changes to the lens quite easily. The wifi range is not great. So while you can certainly place the lens off the phone,… Read more ›
Now for the positive when there is a good wifi/NFC connection it takes awesome pictures. AMAzING...The 10x optical zoom is off the chain. Read more ›
I first had to pair it using WiFi, then once it connected…Using NFC, I've found, is far superior to using WiFi pairing - the software loads and pairs faster than with WiFi. Read more ›
It has its own rechargeable battery and takes micro SD cards (not supplied) to…The camera acts as a WiFi access point... you connect your phone to it like any WiFi network. Read more ›
iOS app on a brand new Gold iPhone 5S crashes all the time,…It seems like the wifi connection disconnects and then everything freezes and I need to reconnect everything. Read more ›
I am resigned to the fact that I will probably need to buy a point and shoot and look back at this and say "It was a good try" don't get me wrong, these take very good… Read more ›
The imaging sensor is amazing but the lack of software and firmware support by Sony made my purchase a waste of money. The current firmware doesn't allow fast shutter… Read more ›
They are taking an excellent camera core and letting the user use his/her mobile device as…The lens and sensor are outstanding and capable of high quality images and video. Read more ›
This is not a DSLR replacement, and…But, for taking pictures in places where you know you need something portable and with a good sensor, this is a pretty darn good choice. Read more ›
Like the RX100 (whose great optics and sensor it shares), with Sony's PlayMemories app, it is good at: - Low light, can be pushed to super high ISO 12800, great for night… Read more ›
It can grab a…The auto focus is amazing - very hard to shoot a blurry pic, and the color correcting is great - I do very little work with Lightroom when I use this thing. Read more ›
I had had very good experience with my Sony digital with a Carl Zeiss lens. It was sharp, fast, and had good color. I decided to go for it even after the negative reviews… Read more ›
In the case of the Sony DSC-QX100 smartphone Attachable Lens-style Camera the answer is a…The pictures are very crisp, perfect color & balance, even when you email them. Read more ›
In its current configuration, since it does not have a built-in flash, one can enable a flashlight app and get illuminated photos or simply rely on the fast lens speed.… Read more ›
The imaging sensor is amazing but the…The current firmware doesn't allow fast shutter speeds and with that, the software doesn't allow manual controls besides a few things. Read more ›
It lags where I cannot even take the picture I want because the…It tries to adjust at the cost of not being able to function at a speed a normal point and shoot can. 2.… Read more ›
Build quality is great, with a sturdy plastic housing and a solid feeling aluminum face that is attractive. You get a lanyard, but no carrying case. Read more ›
The set up was very easy, and the build of the lens was decent quality Read more ›
Build quality: Overall it feels high quality with nice fit & finish. I don't like the tiny flap that covers the charging port. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

247 of 260 people found the following review helpful By M. Morris on November 4, 2013
Style Name: QX 10Color Name: Black
There are a lot of misconceptions about the new QX product... so I'll just give you my history.

I shoot professionally. I work in the field, out of my house at least half the month. I take a lot of gear with me. I already have an Sony DSC-RX100/B 20.2 MP Exmor CMOS Sensor Digital Camera with 3.6x Zoom, which I absolutely adore (and you won't find someone who doesn't love this camera), along with my DSLR gear. Why would I ever need ANOTHER? I didn't :) truth. BUT being on the road affords me the option to be able to share my images from around my territory. I am lucky in that I get to see a lot of desolation just waiting to be captured. Sometimes, though, there are angles I just can't get, things that I see that my DSLR and my RX100 simply aren't capable of reaching either because of obstacles in the way, size issues (my A99v is huge), etc...

Which is where the QX comes in. I simply do not ever attach this camera to my Samsung Galaxy S4. Ever. I see zero need for it and feel that it actually limits the camera's potential to do so. I have a WiFi signal! Put the damn camera where I damn well want to. Indispensable tool?Joby GPM-A1EN GorillaPod Magnetic Flexible Tripod (Black). A tool that allows me to stick the QX up light poles, traffic signals, car tops and sides, metal tables and chairs, the siding of an REI building, ladders, whatever allows those magnetic feet to work, man. Put the camera where you want it. Since the QX is blessed with a 1/4 20 tripod mount, it goes onto any 1/4 20 adapted product. I've seen them on boom poles, I've seen them on string.
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447 of 487 people found the following review helpful By Paul Incommendatus on September 25, 2013
Style Name: QX 100Color Name: Black
First off, I am a little annoyed that Amazon has chosen a format which is mixing the reviews of the QX10 and QX100 models together. In it's current format, shoppers looking for the Sony DSC-QX100 may be mislead by reading reviews of the cheaper QX10 model.

This preliminary review I am providing is for the Sony DSC-QX100.

As an owner of the Sony NEX-5N, NEX-6, and NEX-7 model cameras I was optimistic that the QX100 with it's f/1.8 Zeiss lens and 20MP sensor would meet my expectations, and be comparable in image quality to the NEX line of cameras. So far (all be it limited at the moment) the pictures I have taken do meet my standards in image quality. All the sharpness and creamy bokeh are present as you would expect with a wide 1.8 Zeiss lens. The sharpness is there thanks to the 20 megapixels, and the level of noise in low light is surprisingly low for such a high MP sensor.

I have not had the opportunity to shoot in bright sunny conditions yet; however, my initial experiences in low light photography with this camera are impressive. It even manages to provide a sharp blur free image with shutter speeds as low as 1/30th of a second.

It connects easily with your phone using the Sony PlayMemories free app, has complete control via the phone screen (including touch focus, exposure bracketing, zoom, etc.), and allows the user to take pictures at unusual point of views which makes for some interesting creative imagery.

So far, my only gripes are that you have to hit the back button each time you snap a picture (this may be fixed with a future firmware update), and the bracket to attach to a phone is not big enough to attach to larger smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note.
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320 of 383 people found the following review helpful By M. Moline on November 1, 2013
Style Name: QX 10Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I ordered the DSC-QX10/B and used it for about a week with my iPhone before ultimately deciding to return it. Why?

Pros:
* Picture quality is good. Much better than built-in phone camera.
* Zoom is good.
* Detachability is good. I used the lens off-phone several times with nice results that would have been impractical or impossible to get otherwise.
* Video is very good. Espcially outdoors in bright light (duh) but even inside, video is good.

Minor Cons
* Does not use phone GPS - there is no geotagging on the images.
* EXIF data does not indicate which shooting mode was used for the image
* no way to transfer images over wifi to computer. The full-size images and videos are stored on the microSD card. To get them to the computer you must copy them to the phone then phone to computer. Or, remove the sd card from the camera and insert in computer. Just plugging in the USB cable from lens to computer did not recognize it as a device that could be downloaded. Often times there was not enough space on the phone to transfer all the images there first, then move to computer, which meant removing the mounting bracket from the lens in order to acces the card slot, then removing the miniscule memory card, putting it in an adapter, plugging it into the computer, etc etc. Too many steps! Maybe this could be fixed in future releases.

And to be fair, you can put a pretty big card in there and the lens will send low-res 2MB previews to your phone "immediately" (still takes a few seconds). Those previews are good enough for social posting and knowing that you got the shot. Then you can download at the end of the day when you're back at home, as opposed to out in the wild.

Major cons:

* WiFi only.
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