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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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What Sony's engineers have done in the QX100 is certainly bold. Repackaging the guts from a flagship point-and-shoot in a made-for-mobile device is an unprecedented move. It's also a bold approach to the problem of a camera's relative lack of connectivity - rather than fighting the smartphone, the QX100 joins the smartphone. Or rather is conjoined with it.

Personal takes

Allison Johnson Allison Johnson Reviewer
Consider that the QX100 also strips away a flash, AF assist lamp, manual focus aids and manual exposure control (aside from aperture control) and it's hard to imagine the enthusiast shooter who would be better served by this camera rather than a full-fledged compact.
Jeff Keller Jeff Keller Reviewer
The QX100 "camera unit" sounds great on paper, with its excellent sensor and lens. That said, it's quite bulky, making me wonder why someone wouldn't carry around a "regular" camera instead.

Reasons to buy

  • Enthusiast image quality on your phone: No smartphone camera can compete with the QX100's 1-inch, 20MP sensor, especially at higher sensitivities.
  • Simple sharing: Since you're controlling the camera with your smartphone, sending your photos onto social networking sites is as easy as you'll find.
  • Photo freedom: The QX100 doesn't have to be clamped onto your phone at all times. If you want to mount it on your dog or just take self-portraits, it's no problem.

Things to consider

  • Expensive: For a bit more money, you can buy the Sony RX100 II on which the QX100 is based. It's more compact and offers manual controls, higher quality video, and faster processing - and you can still send images to your smartphone.
  • Raw would be nice: While Sony has added more manual control to the QX100 since its initial release, you cannot shoot in Raw format, which would allow for fine-tuning image quality.
  • Flash-free: If your subject is heavily backlit or in the dark, then the lack of a built-in flash may be an issue.
Notable features
1-inch, 20MP BSI-CMOS sensor
1-inch, 20MP BSI-CMOS sensor
The QX100 uses the same larger-than-average sensor as Sony's excellent RX100 II enthusiast compact camera.
28-100mm Carl Zeiss lens
28-100mm Carl Zeiss lens
The 28-100mm equivalent F1.8-4.9 Zeiss lens is also borrowed from the Sony RX100 II and excels at its wide end in low light.
Smartphone clip
Smartphone clip
The QX100 includes an expandable clip that allows the camera to attach to nearly any smartphone.
Wi-Fi with NFC
Wi-Fi with NFC
The QX100 is designed to be operated from your smartphone, and it does so via Wi-Fi. NFC-enabled phones can be paired with the camera with just a tap.
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In your hands
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Product Description

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.

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 Details

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  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.2 x 2.5 inches ; 6.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00EVIBN26
  • Item model number: DSCQX100/B
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,311 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 4, 2013

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Customer Reviews

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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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Okay, my 5 star for the QX100 is based upon that I knew what I was getting here.

The pictures are beauty and perfection. The zooming is optical zooming and perfect (not just a digital degrading trick). This IS a Zeiss lens after all. It has a low f-stop 1.8 in wide angle and 4.9 at full telephoto (the f-stop is what determines how much light is allowed into the aperture (the lower the number the better [an f-stop too high is why you can't get decent pictures inside a sports auditorium]).

Being separate from the camera is a plus that most aren't aware of: (1) My wife can carry it in her purse and clip it on when wanted; (2) but, you can hold it separately from your phone to be discreet about what subject matter you are shooting (I can hold by my side and aim it at the subject of the picture while looking at my phone which is not aimed at the subject --very sneaky).

But, again, look through the reviews and you will see that nobody disputes that it takes beautiful pictures. IT DOES.

Now, at the beginning, I said "I knew what I was getting". Here are the shortcomings that I knew about prior to getting (my Mom got off of Amazon as a present for me, her adult son):

(1) No Flash. This is a big shortcoming - not sure why they haven't tried harder to manage a way to tie into the phone's flash for use, but they haven't. However, with a low f-stop, the need for a flash is minimized, but when you need a flash - you need one. It should have tied into a flash somehow.

(2) It is uses Wi-Fi on iPhone. This is more Apple's fault for not having NFC in the iPhone of any model (I have a an iPhone 5s). But, I don't know why it doesn't use bluetooth.
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This camera has a great cool factor built into it. What you actually get is a wireless camera! The pictures as well as the video are so clear and crisp, they're unbelievable. If you have a Sony phone like the Z or the Z1, then this thing will work superbly well for you.

The operation of this camera is CPU intensive and will work best with NFC (near field communication) capable phones. You just turn on the camera and place your phone near it and boom, their connected. Once you get used to the process, it's a breeze to connect. None of the Iphones, including the latest 5s models have it, so that's where the sources of many of all the complains that I see here. It was not designed with the Iphones in mind, despite their popularity. The camera was designed to work best with Sony latest flagship phones.

Don't bother if you have a cheap old smart phone with a low resolution camera and want to complement it with the QX-100 because it won't work that way. At least a quad core CPU phone is able to pull this off as the camera has to send wireless images continuously to the phone and the phone must process them fast enough so that we can use the phone as our viewfinder. Anyways, I hope my review will help people make an informed decision in purchasing this cool gadget.
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EDIT: 12 March 2013
Sony has addressed a few issues. There's a bigger clip in the works for Phablets and Tablets, due April 2014 in Japan (in the USA likely a short bit later or grab one via a reseller).
There's also been a firmware update that allows for a few new options, notably an ISO setting, movie recording up to 1920x1080(30p), and shutter speed priority shooting mode (QX-100 only).

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I'm pairing the QX-100 with a Samsung Galaxy Note 3. I first had to pair it using WiFi, then once it connected the first time, I was able to use NFC pairing instead, allowing my phone to turn on the camera with a simple tap of the phone to the lens "Z" mark. Using NFC, I've found, is far superior to using WiFi pairing - the software loads and pairs faster than with WiFi. I've only been using this handheld or on a table/tripod since the clip doesn't fit on my phone with the phone case on. It does just barely squeeze onto the Note 3 with the case off, but I'm a chronic phone dropper and taking the case off isn't really an option.

Full Disclosure: I'm a pro who uses big, clunky, DSLRs, and loves them to bits, but there are just some times when carrying around a bag that heavy with a bunch of lenses and gear in it isn't practical or feasible. This seems to be a great compromise - it's smaller than any of my DSLR lenses, and while it doesn't perform like a DSLR, the software still allows me to modify most of the same settings (whereas my cellphone onboard camera doesn't). There's no true manual mode, but between P and A modes, I manage to get what I want.

Pros:
*Great low light performance - very little noise for what it is, but it definitely helps to use a tripod or gorillapod or something similar.
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