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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.
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.
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.
Since you're controlling the camera with your smartphone, sending your photos onto social networking sites is as easy as you'll find.
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
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.
If your subject is heavily backlit or in the dark, then the lack of a built-in flash may be an issue.
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
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.
The QX100 includes an expandable clip that allows the camera to attach to nearly any smartphone.
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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Color: Black | Style: QX 10 | Configuration: Base
Introducing the first-ever zoom lens and sensor combo that clips right to your smartphone. Now you can get 10x closer to the action with your phone-and share Pictures instantly online for maximum "likes" It’s never been easier or more convenient to capture and share special moments in the beautiful quality they deserve.
From the Manufacturer
Introducing the first-ever zoom lens and sensor combo that clips right to your smartphone. Now you can get 10x closer to the action with your phone—and share pics instantly online for maximum “likes.” It’s never been easier or more convenient to capture and share special moments in the beautiful quality they deserve.
Attach to turn your smartphone1 into a 10x zoom camera
Simply attach the compact and lightweight QX10 to turn your smartphone1 into a 10x optical zoom camera to capture actions up close.
NFC/Wi-Fi® allows simple, one-touch linking to Smartphones2
The QX10 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.
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 Instagram™ on the fly.
Shoot and enjoy images thru the smartphone’s large LCD3 screen
All of the QX10’s features can be accessed via your smartphone’s LCD3 screen and the free PlayMemories™ Mobile App.
Uncouple from phone and mount for flexible shooting
The QX10 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.
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.
iAuto adjusts the camera to the best setting
The QX10 recognizes scene conditions such as low-light, back-lit, macro and more – then automatically adjusts to make sure you always get the shot you want.
High grade Sony® G Lens with 10x optical zoom
Capture sharp photos with minimal blur even when zoomed in (10x Optical zoom), thanks to Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization.
Impeccable low light performance
The QX10 sports a back-illuminated 18MP 1/2.3” Exmor R® CMOS sensor producing images with low noise even in low light, far surpassing the quality of images shot on conventional Smartphones.
High-quality 1080/30p HD video with low grain even in low light
Record high quality 1920 x 1080/30p 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.
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 Play Memories™ mobile App is required to operate camera from Smartphone.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Style Name: QX 10Configuration: BaseColor: Black
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.